New Trees!

At 8:30am on a Friday morning, Carla Crane, Linda Chamorro and I (Sam Bower), met with Zack Taylor and his friendly crew of apprentice gardeners from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to begin the first phase of the incremental transformation of the Kezar Triangle.  We’ve been advised to start small and work within what Golden Gate Park would want to do anyway, so we’ve begun with and got approval for the planting of 16 new trees along the northeastern edge of the Kezar Triangle!  We’re proud to welcome a mix of native coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) and California buckeyes (Aesculus californica or California Horse-chestnut).

Here’s the beautiful view as we walked to the site in the early morning facing East…

early morning

And so the digging began…

tree and hole

The first tree to be planted was one of the coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia).  You can see the others still in pots on the lawn.

the first tree!

Here’s a detail of one of the California Buckeye or Horse Chestnut trees (Aesculus californica) planted and watered with still more people planting in the background. That’s Linda Chamorro of Rebar Group in black who volunteered for the morning and planted several trees.

horse chestnut

Here’s Carla Crane working hard in the dirt and applying her gardening skills to the task (while I, Sam, after planting one tree, loaf around taking pictures…).  ;^)

coast live oak

More planting…

landcaping apprentice and linda planting

And the last part was to stake and support the new trees for safety. The SFRPD tree planting crew pounding in the stakes first…

pounding in the stakes

And using the rubber straps to hold the trees in place.  The orientation of the stakes allows for the trees to move somewhat and takes into account the prevailing westerly winds.  Let’s hope they do well!

staking and protecting the new trees

Here’s the happy planting crew led by Zack Taylor of Golden Gate Park and his crew of apprentice gardeners and tree specialists.  Carla Crane and Sam Bower of Friends of Kezar Triangle in the middle.

planting crew

Thanks everyone!  We’ll have an official welcome for the trees on Earth Day 4/22.  It will be a while before they reach any significant size but it’s a great place to start.  Some native ground plantings nearby and mulch and eventually, irrigation improvements next…

The challenge in the future:  how do we make this more artful?  How do we involve more people in future plantings?  Many opportunities ahead, join us!

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