Author: Anna Aquino
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if you are a bee, a messy mixed species lawn is your Mona Lisa.
Who doesn’t like the look of a finely trimmed lawn? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if you are a bee, a messy mixed species lawn is your Mona Lisa. Lawn, whether a manicured monoculture or a “natural” one,... Read more »
If you’ve been following Capital Trees for a while, you may have seen this Board Member before. Frazier Armstrong has been closely involved with our organization for years, and was our first Executive Director. Now, she serves on our Board of Trustees and brings a unique perspective to the Board having served as our ED first. Read our interview with Frazier below to get her take on what more people should know about Capital Trees,... Read more »
Author: Shelly Barrick Parsons, Executive Director
Capital Trees is committed to the best practices in sustainable management of public landscapes. To strengthen our knowledge and practice, Lisa Trapp (Program and Outreach Manager) and I are seeking certification as Level 1 Chesapeake Bay Professional Landscape Professionals through the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Council (1)(2). This certification is for anyone working in conservation landscaping including private and public landscapes. The certification process includes two days of virtual classes,... Read more »
Board Member Jack Cooper is coming up on his 2 year anniversary with Capital Trees, and in that time he’s already been part of some pretty significant progress within our organization. Read our interview with Jack below to see how Capital Trees’ reputation piqued his interest, some of the behind the scenes work that will have a big impact going forward, and what he’s most looking forward to in the next year.
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Ashley Peace has been on the Capital Trees Board of Trustees for just over 1.5 years, and brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to our organization. She has been active in both Board Committees and at community workdays where she’s gotten her hands in the gardens, picking up native plant knowledge to use in her home garden. Learn more about her background, her work with Capital Trees, and what she’s excited for Capital Trees to accomplish next by reading the interview below.... Read more »
Author: Mary Petres
A weed is a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth, especially one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
In our quest to maintain the gardens at Great Shiplock Park, the Low Line Gardens, and the Low Line Green without the use of herbicides, we use two main strategies. The first is to reduce the seed bank in the soil.... Read more »
If you’ve attended a tour of one of the Capital Trees projects, volunteered at a community workday, or otherwise been around for a bit — you’ve probably seen Susan Robertson one time or another. But if you’re not properly acquainted, we’re excited for you to get to know her in this format. Susan is one of the original Founders of our organization, long before it was a formal nonprofit, and has lended our organization her leadership and development skills time and again.... Read more »
Author: Mary Petres
A recent blog post by our Sustainability Champion, Anna Aquino, presented a great explanation of why Capital Trees is committed to developing and practicing sustainable landscape management practices for its projects. As Ms. Aquino addressed in her blog, the health of the soil determines the health of the planet. Said another way,
“Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay,... Read more »