A large group gathered for Arbor Day at Prince of Peace Church on Friday April 24 to celebrate the completion of our first Trees for Public Health initiative in Baltimore. Working with volunteers and neighbors, we have planted 450 new street trees of dozens of species, doubling the number of street trees in the the community.
This was the fourth Arbor Day we celebrated in McElderry Park and Warren Street, longtime Green Leader, was there from the beginning.
Chief City Forester Erik Dihle was also there in 2011 and present again in 2015! He thanked one and all for their hard work. Amanda Cunningham, who led the three-year effort, spoke, as did Tree Trust Director of Advancement, Jill Jonnes, about the gratifying and fun experience of greening so many gray blocks.
Under lovely spring skies, we dedicated one ginkgo to the memory of Seska Peck Ramberg, an early supporter of the Tree Trust and often present at our early tree plantings.
Board Chair Debbie Cameron and all other board members present shoveled some ceremonial dirt on to the young trees.
As part of a Forestry Board tradition, the celebration included the filling of a time capsule and its burial with one of the ginkgoes. The tiny tots of the Dynamic Deliverance Daycare Center came out to participate and sing a hymn. The 5th-grade winners of the National Arbor Day Foundation poster contest displayed their art work.
Then Tree Trust Executive Director Dan Millender led a tour of nearby blocks, including Ellwood Park, where we have already begun to plant more trees. Many of our guests then enjoyed a festive time at Bistro Rx. We are proud to be "Transforming Baltimore with Trees!"
Join us in upcoming plantings!