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Leetsdale Garden Club gets grant for trees

Planting trees in Henle Park in Leetsdale are from left Jay Kelley, Bartlett Tree Experts employee; Judy Fulton, outgoing Leetsdale Garden Club president,; Doug Ford, Leetsdale street commissioner and shade tree commission member; and John Reitmeyer, Bartlett Tree Experts employee.

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By Joanne Barron
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Leetsdale Garden Club members' work has been noticed.

Although the club is not a member of Sewickley Civic Garden Council, it recently received a $2,900 council grant to plant buffer trees in Henle Park along Route 65,

“Since the Leetsdale Garden Club has formed under the able leadership of Judy Fulton, it has done wonders for the plantings and general attractiveness of Henle Park,” said Susan Craig, former garden council president.

“So in this, they share the same goals as the Sewickley Civic Garden Council about caring for Sewickley area's green spaces.”

Fulton said this was the first time the club has received a grant from the Sewickley group, which covered the cost of the trees, transporting them to the park, installation and the guarantee. The borough of Leetsdale and the Leetsdale Garden Club have committed to maintaining the trees.

Fulton consulted with Bartlett Tree Experts arborist Jim Edson, along with Doug Ford, the borough street commissioner and a member of the borough's shade tree commission, and her husband, Joe McGurk, Leetdale Borough Council president, before purchasing the trees chosen for their beauty, as well as hardiness.

Planted were three Accolade cherry trees to provide consistency with three other Accolades already planted in the park along Ferry Street. Three Kousa dogwoods, which will bloom after the Accolades are finished, also were planted.

“The crowns of the three Kousa dogwoods will blend eventually and create a mass of white flowers in the spring,” Fulton said.

“The close proximity of Route 65 with all of the noise and air pollution produced by through and local traffic was taken into consideration, along with the industrial background view,” she said,

“The trees will help soften the view from the park and help to absorb pollutants and noise.”

Fulton said the trees, which are close to the Ferry Street Memorial, will enhance that area.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406

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