A handful of willing volunteers gathered Saturday morning at the Meadowdale Community Clubhouse to grab shovels and make the dirt fly as they planted more than 100 trees and 40 shrubs in an area that until recently was covered in blackberries.
“We’ve been pulling those blackberries for the past five months,” laughed Parks Maintenance Manager Rich Lindsey. “They’re finally gone, and now it’s time to restore some diverse native vegetation.”
The plants were personally chosen by Parks Department Horticulturalist Jesse Curran, who said he’s “very excited” about several of the less common varieties going in today. “This will be a beautiful, diverse habitat,” he said, “with native plants throughout.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel