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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.