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Free Trees Offered at Colleyville Tree Jamboree June 10

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

As part of its ongoing, community-wide tree planting initiative, the David Bagwell Company is hosting its second Colleyville Tree Jamboree on Saturday, June 10. The purpose of the casual event is to encourage tree planting and good maintenance practices. Over 500 small trees will be given away. The public is invited to drop by the developer’s Whittier Heights neighborhood on McDonwell School Road in northwest Colleyville from 8:45 a.m. until the last little tree has gone to its new home.

The jamboree will offer each participating family or individual up to three small trees purchased or grown for their gratifying characteristics, as well as their lack of availability at local nurseries. Among these are post oak, Texas hickory, and American persimmon grown from seed collected each fall by Bagwell’s Landscape Superintendent Taylor Steele and his crew. Others include members of the red oak family, tupelo, and other varieties of hickory, all known for their beautiful fall color. Some rare hybrid oaks, proven to be especially vigorous growers, will also be available.

With each small tree, the developer is supplying a kit and instructions for planting and nurturing them into grand specimens. The kit consists of a tree shelter, a hardwood stake to support the shelter for several years, and a fertilizer packet to drop in the hole before setting the young tree.

Susan Folkert, consulting tree expert to the David Bagwell Company, regularly buys trees on behalf of the developer from premier growers in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the southeast. One such grower, a mail order supplier of small trees, Oikos Tree Crops, is the source of many trees that will be given away June 10. A statement on their web site sums up well the spirit of the Jamboree:  “Like all gardeners in love with the earth, it is easy to immerse yourself with this labor of love. No matter how small, every step can yield something new and interesting not experienced before. Such is the fun of planting trees.”

Homebuyers in David Bagwell’s developments receive large trees at no additional cost, but anyone can pick up free seedlings and a planting kit at the June 10 Colleyville Tree Jamboree.  

In addition to an abundance of tree conversation and advice from tree experts, the Colleyville Tree Jamboree will also feature live bluegrass music and fresh-squeezed lemonade specially catered to slake the thirst of those in attendance. A bonus will be the sight of barn building nearby, as Heritage Barns of Belle Meade, Texas continues its restoration work on the circa 1760 New World Dutch barn in Whittier Heights.

With the practical details of the Colleyville Tree Jamboree out of the way, let’s delve deeper into the positive, long-term sociological ramifications of tree planting.

Attributed to poet W. H. Auden, the adage “A culture is no better than its woods” informs Bagwell’s arborist-inspired initiatives. His company develops classic neighborhoods where richly appointed and finely crafted luxury homes are akin to highly valued works of fine art. Yet, it may be their umbrageous aspect that most distinguishes them. Extraordinary trees line streets, frame homes, enhance parks, and enrich the pedestrian ways and nature trails meandering through forest preserves.  

“It’s an unusual person who is not stirred by nature,” says Bagwell.  “It raises the spirit just the same as a great work of art or a symphony.  Trees represent a segment of our culture not bound up in material things, and they connect us to the Eternal.  In planting trees throughout the neighborhoods we develop, we seek to create an enriching environment and instill in each a Sense of Place to be valued not only by today’s homebuyers, but also by owners in years to come.”

Hardwoods and pines of the eastern U.S., as well as native Texas trees, are abundantly planted in each David Bagwell Company development. These trees provide a lovely setting like that of venerated old neighborhoods and contribute to the solace and comfort of being enveloped by woods.  

“We have sought to exploit the tree growing opportunity that the soils of Colleyville present,” says Bagwell. “Unlike most of North Texas, Colleyville has acidic soil, which sustains many varieties of trees that the alkaline soils of our neighboring communities will not. In our Ashmore development alone, there are over 40 varieties of North American oaks, 10 varieties and cultivars of maple, eight varieties of pine, and a mix of other interesting trees like tupelo, hickory, and American holly.”

Henry David Thoreau’s observation that “A town is saved by the woods that surround it” underscores Bagwell’s belief that tree planting gives his neighborhoods a special quality that homeowners and their guests value highly.  The second Colleyville Tree Jamboree on Saturday, June 10 is evidence that the Colleyville developer’s love of trees extends beyond the borders of his own developments into the yards and lives of residents throughout the city as a whole.

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

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