October 13, 2007
Atlanta, GA (August 8, 2007)- Trees Atlanta announced details for the 8th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale today. Each October, the Tree Sale, held in Piedmont Park, offers more than one thousand plants including 200 species of trees, shrubs, and tree-friendly vines for purchase by the public. This year’s Tree Sale focuses on drought-tolerant shade trees not typically available at retail nurseries and seldom planted by local landscape companies.
The Trees Atlanta Tree Sale is an annual fundraiser, which raises dollars for NeighborWoods, Trees Atlanta’s volunteer tree planting and conservation program. Each year, Trees Atlanta’s 2,800 NeighborWoods volunteers plant more than 3,000 trees in in-town communities and care for thousands of trees planted in recent years. The sale will be from 8am to 2pm in Piedmont Park.
“Every dollar invested at the Tree Sale will not only buy you a great tree for your yard, but it will enable Trees Atlanta volunteers to plant shade trees in urban areas where they are needed most,” said Trees Atlanta Program Director, Greg Levine. “Trees Atlanta volunteers contribute more than 18,000 hours per year to plant and maintain trees around Atlanta.”
Several prized trees to look for at this year’s sale include a rare pink variety of silver bell called ‘Arnold Pink’; beech trees, which are known for having beautiful silver bark; fruiting trees including black walnut (valued for both its fruit and wood) and paw-paw (a producer of delicious fruit); Franklinia, a flowering camellia relative discovered by John Bartram that is now extinct in the wild; the rare yellowwood which is showy year round; and the largest variety of oaks available anywhere in metro-Atlanta. We will also offer many drought-tolerant native species as well as non-invasive, unusual and exotic varieties such as camellias, ginkgo (including 15-gallon ‘Princeton Sentry’), dawn redwood and an unusual variety of columnar parrotia.
“Atlanta is located in the Piedmont Region of the United States, and we are fortunate to have so much diversity,” said Levine. “By continuing to plant unique, native plants, we will ensure that our landscape endures years of drought and urban growth,” he concluded.
Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens’ group, dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees and educating the public about trees. For more information about the Tree Sale, call Trees Atlanta at 404-522-4097.