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Arbor Day Celebration Culminates In 800-Tree Give Away.

  Colleyville Middle School Student Council members distribute small trees to the faculty.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second best time is today.” This old proverb resonates deeply with longtime Colleyville developer and would-be arborist David Bagwell.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the David Bagwell Company in the midst of observing a virtual month of Arbor Days, including an 800-tree giveaway on the actual day. Sponsored by the Colleyville Middle School Student Council, the Arbor Day Give Away on Friday, April 25 sent 800 students and faculty members home with a young tree of their very own.

On March 29th David Bagwell kicked off the month-long celebration of Arbor Day by donating a thriving 18-foot tall Compton Oak that was planted at Glenhope Elementary School in memory of Grapevine High School graduate Dayton Fritz Kruse, the late son of Glenhope first-grade teacher Becky Kruse. The Compton Oak, a rare, naturally occurring hybrid of Overcup Oak and Live Oak, was first identified in 1910 by Ms. W. W. Compton of Natchez, MS and named after her by preeminent horticulturalist Charles Sprague Sargent of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum.

Throughout the month of April, David Bagwell Company’s landscape crew has planted large trees provided free to residents in his neighborhoods and in public spaces around Colleyville for community wide enjoyment.

  Becky Kruse helps plant a large tree in honor of her late son, while extended family and Glenhope Elementary faculty look on.

As well, Bagwell is lending support to the Colleyville Garden Club’s 2008 Promenade, a tour of four exemplary residential garden settings on May 4. Proceeds from this charitable event will benefit civic beautification and other Colleyville Garden Club projects. Bagwell is providing trees and shrubs for the event that are proven to thrive here in the Eastern Cross Timbers but are difficult to find in this area. Species include ‘October Glory’ Red Maple, Scarlet Oak, ‘Shawnee Brave’ Bald Cypress, ‘Alta’ Southern Magnolia, Loquat Leaf Oak, and Camellia Susanqua ‘Cotton Candy’. In addition to providing the trees and shrubs themselves, Bagwell’s landscape professionals are planting them within the city limits at no cost.

Finally, until this month long celebration culminates on May 4, Bagwell is giving away more little trees to the public, while supplies last. To arrange to receive one of these small trees started from seed collected by David Bagwell Company’s landscape crew, email meredith@bagwellcompany.com. You might be surprised how quickly these tiny specimens with special qualities will mature. One Colleyville couple—who just three who just three years ago accepted such a little tree from Bagwell—now have a flourishing eight-foot tall “Christmas Oak” in their yard to enjoy. Before they know it, this tree will be like its stately parent, which now towers over a two-story house in an old section of Dallas where Bagwell himself collected the acorn.

David Bagwell, Mayor David Kelly, and Bill Lindley, City Manager, pose by a sycamore tree they planted in front of Colleyville City Hall.  

If you’re hesitant to request one of Bagwell’s free trees or detered by a lack of instant gratification, please stop to consider a story once told by President John F. Kennedy. “The great French Marshall Lyautey. . .asked his gardener to plant a tree,” President Kennedy recounted. “The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!’”

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