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Developer’s Largesse Provides Remembered History and Sylvan Sense of Place

  Homes in David Bagwell Company neighborhoods, like this one built in Whittier Heights barely two years ago, are provided special character and appeal by copious tree planting provided free by the developer.

In “The Bluebird Sings at the Lemonade Springs”, Wallace Stegner explains how mere places turn into places in the heart. He helps us see how remembered history about a place is of utmost importance.

Colleyville developer David Bagwell plants the seeds of remembered history by providing trees with extraordinary qualities to the grounds of homes built in his neighborhoods.

“From a childhood experience, I know the joy of planting a little seed and watching it grow into a tree of great size and become a veritable friend with which I have a happy remembered history. It’s one of the reasons my boyhood home is a Place to me. I have a fond recollection of the tree-planting with my dad and the satisfaction we shared in the tree’s progress over the years. I remember how we awaited its awakening in spring, the cooling summer shade it later provided, and it’s brief but glorious fall aspect. In my business, my colleagues and I have found trees and specimen shrubs with special qualities that encourage appreciation of nature and engender remembered history and sense of place, as I have about my childhood home."

Bagwell puts on a Free Tree Jamboree each year at which he gives to the public little trees that, with proper care, will provide many years of pleasure. Some are native trees grown from seed collected by Taylor Steele, David Bagwell Company Landscape Superintendent, and his crew. Others are non-native trees proven to thrive in Colleyville's acidic soils, if not in the alkaline soils of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Bagwell acknowledges, “I have no formal horticultural training. As a child, my father enrolled me in the Tree School of Trial and Error. Through experimentation during 17 years of developing neighborhoods in Colleyville, we’ve found that almost every desirable tree and shrub from the temperate regions of North America will grow there. At our Free Tree Jamboree, we make available to the public in small sizes many of the trees that have performed well in common areas and yards of our neighborhoods.

“For example, there are varieties of red oak that have proven very rewarding in Colleyville but are unavailable at local nurseries. Among them is Scarlet Oak, praised by Thoreau as the most beautiful fall tree in the forest. Another is Tupelo, which provides early fall color but is hard to find here. We also offer seedlings grown from nuts we collected from the largest native hickory in the area. When people see the breathtaking mother tree in the fall, they’re captivated by it’s loveliness and want an ennobling companion like it for themselves.”

Information about neighborhoods of the David Bagwell Company is available at bagwellcompany.com. There you will find details about this year’s Free Tree Jamboree, as well as facts about trees in Bagwell’s neighborhoods planted expressly to a create palpable sense of place. Those interested in a home in one of them may contact Cindy Brazil at 817/805-3822.

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