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Colleyville Tree Jamboree Is Set for Saturday, June 10

  Colleyville developer David Bagwell provides large trees to his customers and offers seedlings free to the public at the Colleyville Tree Jamboree.

Real woods are what newcomers often notice first about Colleyville. Mother Nature devoted eons to creating what is known as the “Eastern Cross Timbers”, a narrow area of sandy, loamy, slightly acidic soil that stretches from near Austin into southeast Kansas. It passes between Fort Worth and Dallas and right through Colleyville. Unlike its big city siblings on the nearby prairie, Colleyville soils support a cornucopia of trees and understory plants. In fact, the area was once so densely wooded that author Washington Irving called it the “Cast Iron Forest” when he struggled through on an exploratory trip in the 1830’s.

“Nature’s Factotum”, as David Bagwell Company Landscape Superintendent Taylor Steele is nicknamed, spends much of his time exploiting the community’s natural advantage. Each fall, he and his crew collect seeds from native trees, as well as adaptable trees brought in from across the Southeastern U.S. for the company’s use. Most of Steele’s seedlings are planted in the company’s neighborhoods and public areas around town, but many more are given away.

Again this year, Steele will oversee adoption of hundreds of his hand-cultivated seedlings at the Colleyville Tree Jamboree to be held by the developer on June 10 in his Whittier Heights neighborhood in northwest Colleyville. The public is invited to attend this John Chapman-inspired event.

Those who come by may select three small trees from among many varieties of oaks. A limited number of hickories will be available, plus native trees grown from seed like American persimmon.

Each tree comes with a fertilizer packet, a tree shelter, a stake to hold the shelter in place, and planting instructions. The shelter is a plastic cylinder that serves first to protect the little trees from desiccating wind and “lawn mower disease”. Because it encourages rapid growth, the shelter soon becomes a brace to steady the tree during its adolescence.

Bagwell says prior recipients of Steele’s little trees have not only enjoyed the fun of selecting them for their home, but also thrilled at their growth and development. “People call or remark, when we see them around town, about how well their trees are doing, how fast they’re growing, how big they’ve become, and so on. It’s kind of like taking home a new puppy but without all the fuss.”

The 2006 Colleyville Tree Jamboree held in Whittier Heights, off McDonwell School Road, begins at 8:45 a.m. on June 10 and will continue until the last baby tree is adopted. There will be fresh lemonade, Bluegrass music by the “Odds and Ends”, and lots of conversation about the care and characteristics of different trees.

For more information, click here or call Meredith Matlock at 972/860-3120.


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