The Prescott Journal - October 30, 2002
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
We are still looking for donors to adopt a tree and create a living legacy for their family and town. We are over 1/4 of the way there, 20 of 80 trees have been adopted. The three levels of $500, $300, $100, indicate which choice of tree and includes planting materials such as stakes, wiring, bone meal, etc. There will be 100 shrubs planted as well, and these will be planted in groupings, which is how "mother nature" does it. $100 will give you a shrub grouping to adopt - usually three shrubs together.
The New Jersey Tea shrub, (Ceanothus americanus), also called Redroot, Wild Snowball or Mountain Sweet, grows to about 120 cm (4') high by 120 cm (4') wide. It's very hardy withstanding tough conditions. The 5 cm (2") white flowers at ends of the branches make a rather pretty show in June and July. The dark green leaves turn yellow in the fall.
When you adopt a tree/shrubs, a copper dedication to the person, group or club will be visible on the gateway signage marking the Heritage River Trail. A pamphlet, available at the gateway sign, will indicate the donor's dedication and show a map of the trees. I've seen sketches of the proposed signage, specially designed by Parks Canada, and it's going to look awesome come spring when they will be erected.
To see which trees are still available for adoption, see or call Melanie at the Prescott Municipal Office (925-2812) where you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
Restoring the area, in part, back to it's natural beauty brings back all that's mysterious, sweet smelling, pleasant, invisibly serviced and maintained by natures way - nurturing us in the process.