Thousands of trees planted near the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
The grounds of the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center received an infusion of green this month. That’s when dozens of Second Saturday Service volunteers descended on the area. They were there to plant thousands of trees on a 30-acre site known as Michaux Grove.
For years, this site had been overgrown with invasive and non-native trees and plants. These provide little to no ecological benefits to the species that call the forest home. This fall’s planting efforts are part of an ongoing, long-term forest restoration project.
The 2,000 native trees and shrubs planted included black gum, juneberries, willows, oaks, and maples.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy began restoring the forest in 2018. Dedicated staff and volunteers:
- Removed invasive and non-native species.
- Harvested 800 live stakes at Greenland Nursery.
- Installed the stakes along the Montgomery and Lansdowne creeks.
This work will create a more beautiful landscape and healthier environment for wildlife. Thanks to the many volunteers who continue to help make this possible.