Letter: Thanks for Arborway planting help

Thank you to the 24 volunteers (plus one dog) who braved the heat to help plant trees on the Arborway Hillside on June 1. The trees were funded by a Grow Boston Greener grant and include a combination of canopy and understory trees: nine shagbark hickories, two redbuds, two dogwoods and two witch hazels. This variety of trees will help to create a healthy forest on the hillside as part of the “Gateway to the Arborway” project, which also includes the fence in the median across from the Arnold Arboretum and plans for street trees, paths, signage and plantings in the median.

Thank you to all of our partners: Grow Boston Greener for the grant; Arnold Arboretum for “Arbor Day on the Arborway” on May 24, planting several of the trees, loaning tools and more; Emerald Necklace Conservancy for access to the watering truck. And to all the volunteers for helping!

After the trees were all planted, we were pleasantly surprised to see the following thank you note taped to our sign: “To the exceptional people: The tree planters. We value those who lead and inspire us and we thank you. St. Rose Street Residents.”

The day after the planting, more than 30 people braved another hot day to “Walk with Olmsted” at Jamaica Pond and along the Arborway to see projects that have been completed and to visit the new trees on the Arborway Hillside.

Together we are making a difference. Thank you!

Sarah Freeman

Arborway Coalition

Gerry Wright

Community Service Care/Olmsted 2022

Jamaica Plain


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