Have you ever wondered what kind of trees we have in the park?

Well someone did! We were also curious about the possibility of more fruit trees in addition to the ones gifted to us last fall. So we called the City of Kitchener to find out!

On Wednesday May 27, Yvonne & Adam came for a visit to identify the trees we have and learn more about what we’ve accomplished so far at the community garden in Uniroyal Goodrich Park. There is a basic mix of trees on the property along with a significant number of invasive species (buchthorn & honeysuckle, some riverbank grape vines) which are kept in check by the fact that the park gets mowed.

Tree map of Guelph Street Community Garden

Tree map of Guelph Street Community Garden

Here’s a bit of what we learned.

Yvonne & Adam talking trees.

Yvonne & Adam talking trees.

We have several black walnut trees around the park

We have several black walnut trees around the park

Larch tree

This gorgeous Larch tree  graces the entrance to the park.

Sap sucker holes in Scotch PIne.

Nice tattoo! Sap suckers have been looking for bugs on the scotch pine. There are several stands of scotch pine in the park.

There are several Hackberry trees around the park, primarily along the pathway & behind the garden, near the composters.

There are several Hackberry trees around the park, primarily along the pathway & behind the garden, near the composters.

This is one of 10 ash trees in the park. We will lose all them due to the Emerald Ash Borer. So sad, but it does present an opportunity to rethink what kind of trees should replace them.... That's the way of nature, right!?

This is one of 10 ash trees in the park. We will lose all them due to the Emerald Ash Borer. So sad, but it does present an opportunity to rethink what kind of trees should replace them…. That’s the way of nature, right!?

Ash trees

We will lose this stand of 7 ash trees, along with 2-3 more around the park.

delicate purple

 

Honeysuckle

This is the invasive honeysuckle! It would take over the whole park it was allowed to!

Mulberry tree

We found a secret mulberry tree 🙂

 

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