Feb 18th, 2009

Free Trees! Yes Free!

Two years ago, I participated in the Henricopolis free tree giveaway. It was great, I came home with 10 new shrubs and trees and they are doing really well — except for the dogwood my husband killed with the weed whacker.   You can be sure I’ll be at the tree give-away again this year, to replace that dogwood and get some more free trees.   The volunteers are great, giving planting advice and these are some really good tree and shrub choices for this region (read on for the varieties).

Planting trees helps the environment, helps the James River, and can help lower your heating and cooling bill too.  The free trees are available to all Henrico County residents.

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) will hold its annual spring tree-seedling giveaway for Henrico County residents on Friday, March 20 at the Hermitage High School parking lot, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. Trees will be given away free of charge beginning at 8:30 a.m. until supplies run out.

HSWCD will offer 13 species of bare-root seedlings, including red bud, white and red osier dogwood, bald cypress, red maple and white oak. Information about individual species and guidelines for planting seedlings are available on the conservation district’s Web site at www.co.henrico.va.us/swcd.

The seedling giveaway is part of HSWCD’s ongoing efforts to
protect the James River watershed by reducing runoff and sediment flows into local streams.

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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  • I was fascinated to read about a community that actually supplies free trees to gardeners in an attempt to help the environment. I have a garden in Cheshire, UK that has about 50 mature trees around it, so you might think I had enough trees to be going on with! However, I have three boys so for the millennium (which seems an age ago now) we planted 5 young trees, one for each member of the family. These include an evergreen oak, a contorted willow, a liquid amber, a silver birch and an Italian alder. They are all doing fine and have given us all a tree to “own” as our contribution for the new millennium.