April 27, 2020 (Granville, Ohio) — Kendal at Granville, designated last spring as a Level I Arboretum, is one of several local planting sites for the 1,500 Trees for Life project, sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Granville. In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, last week seven new trees ranging in size from 6 to 15 feet were donated by Kendal at Granville residents for the spring 2020 planting.
Horticulturist Mike Flood of Albyn’s Nursery dug the holes and positioned the native trees on Arbor Day, and after each of the donors celebrated their personal dedication (observing social distance and wearing face masks as precautions during the coronavirus pandemic), Kendal’s Landscape Manager Cindy Dill’s team finished the planting with topsoil and mulch.
“When we were first approached about this local initiative, we were absolutely delighted to become a planting site,” said Doug Helman, Kendal at Granville’s Executive Director. “From the start, the committee has worked with us to expand our Arboretum’s diverse inventory.”
Landscape Manager Cindy Dill agreed: “Many people on campus and in our greater Granville area are excited by the prospect of donating a tree to our Arboretum, and I am very happy to work with them to select a variety that they’ll truly enjoy and appreciate for years to come. Although the 1,500 Trees group was initially focused mostly on prevalent local trees such as maples and oaks, Mike Flood was very happy to suggest and include some interesting varieties that would be great additions to the breadth and depth of trees within our community, such as the Red Fox Katsura, Heritage River Birch and Serbian Spruce that were just planted (along with the four new Autumn Blaze Maples). ”
Several members of the Kendal community are volunteers with the project. Medical Director John Weigand, MD, is chair of the committee and Kendal resident Jim Erickson is the 1500 Trees liaison for this site. Erickson participated in the first Earth Day 50 years ago.
“The 1500 Trees gift to our area is an idea that sprung from an adult study group that I’ve attended with Dr. Weigand. Kendal has an initial goal of 25 of our 1500 Trees; I can see it easily growing to over 50 trees,” Erickson said. “I’ve also been active in Kendal’s journey in becoming an Arboretum. When Di & I moved into Kendal 13 years ago, it wasn’t long before I was on Bill Hoffman’s Landscape Committee. In fact, 11 years ago, I planted an American Chestnut across from our Kendal cottage on Middleton Avenue. Now, I’ve planted a beautiful Serbian Spruce as a memorial to Di.”
Trees are important for the environment for a number of reasons. They stabilize the soil, prevent erosion, enhance the land’s capacity to store water. They also consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air we breathe. And, of course, trees improve the landscape.