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Nature’s Gestures, Extravagant in This Season, Invite Friendship

  An Urbanite Ash stands by its enduring friend, developer David Bagwell, in Westmont’s Millenium Grove.

Of human friendship, much has been written and said, but of our friendship with nature, there has been less discourse.

Nature makes her own case for close relations with humans, especially this time of year.  Like a persistent suitor, she uses extravagance and repetition to forge a deep bond with us.  As one dear but recently absent, she comes again in the passing of the seasons, and our hearts say, “Welcome back, Old Friend.” But, she doesn’t tarry long.  And, as our memories of her pleasures accumulate, we long for her coming again.  There is as much sweetness in anticipation of the autumnal hues of maples as in their syrup in that same season.

Nowhere is nature more articulate or persuasive locally than in the Colleyville neighborhoods of the David Bagwell Company, where she beckons now through the polychromatic body language of trees.  Though she gestures cordially in the verdure of nascent spring leaves, in stalwart summer splendor, and in stark winter musculature, she is most convivial in the fall.

The David Bagwell Company encourages friendship with nature by the gift of extraordinary trees to homebuyers in its six Colleyville neighborhoods and at its annual Free Tree Jamboree.  Details of this year’s event in Old Grove, along with information about where in Colleyville to see mature examples of the small trees given to the public free of charge, may be found at www.bagwellcompany.com

Among this year’s seasonal celebrities are hickories and tupelo that are hard to find in local nurseries but have attractive qualities that make for enduring relationships.  On Saturday, November 17, the last day of this year’s month-long event, two of these fine trees will be given to each household in attendance, while supplies last. 

Local nurseries don’t sell most trees that Bagwell grows and distributes, because they require acidic soils lacking in Dallas and Fort Worth.  But, in the Eastern Cross Timbers, where Colleyville is located, Bagwell’s trees thrive.        

It’s no coincidence that his tree-rich developments also thrive in Colleyville, as stately trees have historically been linked with timeless neighborhoods in which there is an identifiable Sense of Place.  Society of residents and nature is both a means and the result.

Certainly the root of neighborhood prosperity is lasting ambient appeal.  We dispose of clothes in our closets and autos in our garages with the changing of styles and passing of trends.  Our electronic gadgetry is headed to the curb almost as soon as we open the box in which it comes.  Yet amidst these transitory trappings of modern life, the reward of warm relations endures, including those found in nature.  As Thoreau remarked, “I have frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”

So seize this fecund opportunity to both renew and revel in your friendship with nature this Saturday, the final day of Bagwell’s third annual Free Tree Jamboree.

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