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From Stumptown to Treetown Tree #5 Lincoln HS Black Walnut

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David-Paul B. Hedberg https://instagram.com/outdoorhistory

Black Walnut

Imagine all the sounds these trees have witnessed. As you stand under these Black Walnuts in front of Lincoln High School you’ll likely hear the roar of the nearby I-405 freeway, the laughter of students, and the wisping brakes of school-buses. However, in the 1870s, when these trees were planted, you would have only heard the clip-clop of horse hoofs and singing birds. You see, these trees marked the entrance to the mansion of Jacob and Caroline Kamm. The Kamm’s lived on the edge of Portland in a large estate full of extensive gardens, orchards, vineyards, and stables. A country home on the edge of Portland. The Kamm estate backed up into Tanner Creek Gulch, which was the home to many Chinese vegetable peddlers and laborers. Jacob Kamm made a fortune in steam transportation, and no doubt benefited from the local Chinese laborers living in his backyard. Over the years the city grew and consumed the Kamm estate. By the 1950s, the Kamm house was relocated and Lincoln High School built in its place. The three trees in front of the school are now the only tangible link back to when this neighborhood was far more country than city. It also makes you wonder, if trees could talk what stories would they tell?

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Lower image courtesy of City of Portland Archives A2004-002.3180

 

 

From Stumptown to Treetown Tree # 4 Lavalle Hawthorn

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Lavalle Hawthorn

David-Paul B. Hedberg https://instagram.com/outdoorhistory

Lavalle Hawthorn is a hybrid tree that nicely embodies the dynamism between humans and nature. First developed in late nineteenth-century France as a cross of two North American species, Lavalle Hawthorns have now become a robust and popular tree in urban settings. Fifty years ago (1966) Barbara Fealy, a member of Portland's First Unitarian Church, redesigned and planted these four Lavalle Hawthorns in front of her church. Fealy, an important NW landscape architect, often incorporated the use of native plants and landscapes into her designs— the Salishan Lodge on the Oregon Coast is one of her notable works. Though her landscapes were often for private homeowners, her larger projects included: the Catlin Gabel School, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Evergreen Aviation, and Sokol Blosser Winery. In 1984 the Portland Garden Club awarded Fealy for her "for sensitive use of plant material and excellence of landscape design.” By considering the natural world, Fealy found beautiful and simple solutions that featured the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest. Her foundational work in incorporating, and working with, the natural world has many parallels to current urban restoration efforts. So it’s fitting that she selected these hybrid trees for her hybrid landscape. It mimics the lines of a formal european garden, but it also considers our local ecology and ways of seeing the world.


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Pier Park Community Garden Summer Harvest Celebreation

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Portland Parks & Recreation Pier Park Community Garden celebrated their first summer harvest festival on July 27. Organized by Portland Parks Urban Forestry AmeriCorps member Danielle Voisin this event gave residents, gardenrers and families an opportunity to enjoy freshly harvested food from Pier Park Garden and learn how to grow their own food at Portland Parks & Recreation gardens. The garden harvest was also celebrated by traditional Aztec dances. Led by Jose Luiz, these dances honored the earth and blessed the garden. After the dancing, community members enjoyed free tamales and jicama while exploring beautiful Pier Park and going on a garden tour. For more information about Pier Park Community Garden in North Portland, contact Portland Community Gardens at pkcomgard@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1612.

 

Traditional Aztec Dancers at Pier Park Garden

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Pier Park gardener shows off the results of his hard work.

From Stumptown to Treetown Tree #2 The Burrell Elm

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By David-Paul Hedberg

Trees are historic landmarks. This American Elm, Portland’s first historic landmark tree, is the last living connection to a neighborhood that was once full of homes and gardens. Rosetta Burrell, one of Portland’s socially minded women, planted it in her lush garden around 1875. Westshore magazine featured Mrs. Burrell’s home and garden in 1888-- a nineteenth-century "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" if you will. An active member of the First Unitarian Church and the League of Women Voters, Mrs. Burrell made many important social contributions to the city. In 1887, she was instrumental in founding the Portland Woman’s Union, and donated $10,000 of her own money to build the Martha Washington Hotel: a boarding house for single mothers that also provided educational training. Over the years the Burrell’s suburban home became part of the downtown core. The gardens, greenhouses, and stables were cleared to make room for more dense development. By 1973, all that remained of the Burrell’s property was the elm tree. That year, a member of the Oregon Historical Society had an idea: If the city of Portland could preserve historic buildings, why not a historic tree? So in 1975 the city’s Historical Landmarks Commission approved the Burrell Elm as the first landmark tree in the city. As a historic landmark, it’s no surprise that this tree was first on the list when the city created the Heritage Tree ordinance in 1993. Now legally protected, any construction or development that could affect the tree requires approval of the City Forester.

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Summer Outreach Booth

Urban Forestry Outreach Booth Summer 2015

PP&R Urban Forestry Outreach Booth will be teaching about trees this summer at community events. Staffed by Urban Forestry seasonal staff, Dayja Curry, this booth will teach tree biology, tree pruning, general tree care, and benefits of urban trees.  This booth will also provide fun art activities and give out free tree seedlings.  If you are interested in helping Dayja at the Urban Forestry Booth please email karl.dawson@portlandoregon.gov.  Please take this great opportunity to share your tree knowledge with other Portlanders and help staff the urban forestry booth.

 

Date Event Location
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Movie Despicable Me 2  Peninsula Park
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Movie The Princess Bride Woodlawn
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Mississippi street Fair ANTT Neighborhood 
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Movie The Book of Life  
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Muthaship  Music Dawson Park
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Concert Vagabond Opera - Eccentric Operatic Cabaret Glenhaven
Friday, July 17, 2015 Movie The Imitation Game Irving Park
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Tree HUG  Hoyt
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Movie Back to the Future Glenhaven
Sunday, July 19, 2015 Movie Goonies Lent Green team Lent school
Monday, July 20, 2015 Sellwood Concert  
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Concert  Mt Tabor
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Movie Big Hero 6  Reed College Sports Field
Friday, July 24, 2015 Movie The Never Ending Story Woodstock park
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Movie Wreck it Ralph Russian Lent Park
Monday, July 27, 2015 Concert Sellwood   
Wednesday July 29 Jackson Middle School MOvie
Friday, July 31, 2015 Movie Laurelhurst Park Toy Story II
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Earl Boyles Park SE 112th & Boise  
Sunday, August 02, 2015 Sellwood Movie Frozen
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Gateway Green?
Wednesday, August 05, 2015   Ventura Park
Thursday, August 06, 2015 Tony Starlight Berrydale Park
Saturday, August 08, 2015 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Wilkes Park
Sunday, August 09, 2015 Movie April Hill Park
Monday, August 10, 2015 Concert REGGIE HOUSTON’S CRESCENT CITY Washington Park 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Concert Little Sue Kenton park
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Concert Pete Krebs & the Earnest Lovers - Old School Western Swing Ventura Park 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Jade District Market Jade District night market
Sunday, August 16, 2015 Movie Mary Poppins Arbor Lodge Park
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Concert Pa'Lante McCoy Park
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Movie ET Wellington Park NE 66th & Skidmore
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Concert Keegan Smith - Original Urban Americana Berrydale
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Jade District Market Jade District night market
Sunday, August 23, 2015 Sunday Parkways Belmont and SE
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Movie- 101 Dalmations Mt Scott Park
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 ConcertObo Addy Legacy Project: Okropong  Ventura Park
Friday, August 28, 2015 Movie Home Montivilla Park
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Movie Back To the Future Spring Garden park
Saturday, September 05, 2015 Movie Maleficent Hamilton park
Sunday, September 06, 2015 Movie Toy Story Overlook Park
Friday, September 11, 2015 Movie Big Hero 6 Multnomah Art Center 7688 SE Capitol
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Belmont Street Fair Belmont Street Team
Sunday, September 27, 2015 SundayParkways Sellwood and Tillicum Crossing