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June 2022 Quarterly Update



Building public landscapes.
Enriching the community.

June 2022

End of Fiscal Year Highlights

Capital Trees continues its mission of building public landscapes including: renovating key areas of Great Shiplock Park, advising on the green space development at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond Teen and Community Center, and building relationships with stakeholders and partners.  We are continuing our collaborative work to initiate new projects.

Capital Trees takes seriously the stewardship of our completed projects: The Low Line Gardens from Great Shiplock Park to the Floodwall and 14th street receive regular and attentive management so they remain places that draw people closer to each other and nature. We are developing sustainable practices and documenting our practices on our newly launched BLOG.

Capital Trees advocates for and educates about the value of public landscapes.  Our advocacy included partnering with the Maymont Foundation and Parks, Rec, and Community Facilities, to sponsor a celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday focusing on the theme Parks for All People. Volunteers served over 1000 hours in our gardens this year. Our community outreach is not only a key part of our sustainable management model, but also a key part of our ongoing education. Volunteers learn about best plants and practices as they help manage the gardens.

Capital Trees continues to be a thoughtful and experienced voice in the community on the value of building and managing public landscapes.  We could not accomplish our work without your support.

THANK YOU for your contribution to Capital Trees this year.


Community Outreach

Capital Trees increased its capacity in fiscal year 2021 to increase its engagement in the community welcoming Program and Outreach Manager, Lisa Trapp, and Landscape Consultant, Mary Petres.  This investment in capacity has led to a robust community outreach program.  Capital Trees has averaged four community events a month including tours, speaking engagements, task force participation, and special events such as RVA Arbor Day, Hammer and Ales, and the Invasive Species Task Force.  The sustained capacity to organize, plan, and oversee volunteer opportunities resulted in over 1000 volunteer hours this year.

THANK YOU to our weekly maintenance volunteers, our private workday partners, and community workday volunteers.  


Annual Meeting and Celebration

Capital Trees Board of Trustees and Advisory Council gathered for the Annual Meeting on June 8 to review the year, receive and adopt the strategic plan, welcome new Trustees and Advisory Council Members, and look ahead to fiscal year 2023.  Capital Trees welcomed the following Trustees to the Board:  Freddie Gray, Diane Linderman, and Tiffany Goodman. Capital Trees honored outgoing Board Members, Meg Turner and Liza Cabell, for their service and dedication.  We welcomed Andrea Weissbart to our Advisory Council.  Following the meeting, friends of Capital Trees joined the Board and Council for a celebration and to say thank you to all who make Capital Trees’ work possible.  At the celebration, we honored our volunteers including our volunteer of the year, Mark Kuhn.
THANK YOU to Liza and Meg for your Board service and Mark for your service in the gardens.


Strategic Plan Adopted

Capital Trees initiated a strategic planning process in the fall of 2021.  At its Annual Meeting on June 8, the Board formally adopted the three year strategic plan focusing on three strategic external areas:  Build, Manage, and Educate and two internal areas:  Operations and Funding.  Thank you to One Eighty for their leadership in the strategic planning process. We will share our strategic initiatives throughout the year here and on our social media.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in stakeholder interviews and plan development. 


Upcoming Events 

Even as the days grow warmer and muggier, Capital Trees continues its weekly volunteer maintenance on Wednesdays.  Contact Lisa Trapp for more information.

Our next community workday is scheduled for August 4.  More information will follow at HandsOnRVA, Facebook, and by email.

Friends of James River Parks has invasive species removal work days throughout the summer.  Removing invasives helps our native plants thrive. Check out opportunities here.

Enjoy the Low Line and take in the whole Va Capital Trail while participating in the Cap Trail Summer Challenge.

Stroll down the Low Line and enjoy one of these nearby events sponsored by Venture Richmond.


Birdies for Charity

If you are planning to make a gift to Capital Trees, please consider growing the gift by 10% through Birdies for Charity.  Capital Trees is participating in #BirdiesforCharity presented by TowneBank to maximize charitable giving! Make your gift HERE  before October 23, and we will receive an additional 10%.

Gifts can be made via credit or debit card, check, stock, donor advised fund, electronic funds transfer (EFT), or IRA. This program is operated by PGA TOUR Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 59-2774423). If you want to discuss your donation options, please contact, Shelly Barrick Parsons, [email protected]Please consider making a gift today!


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