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Keeping Neighborhood Parks Beautiful

Posted in HISTORY with tags , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by katrinafilm

City Beautiful Club Friends:

Veteran volunteers and a new friend tackled the first step in recovering a lost pocket park at Bayou Road and N Dorgenois. A giant mulch pile courtesy of Park and Parkways personnel appeared and challenged the small but determined City Beautifer crew to spread it. Earlier, Phillip Mollere brought two truckloads of mulch and started the project.

Sally Gaden and Annie LaRock (with super-pup Fang) led the effort, cleaning gutters, picking up litter and spreading the mulch.

Passerby, and new member, Josh Lewis pitched in, lent a hand and taught us something about “microbial diversity”! (He teaches Ecology at Tulane!)

Much appreciated praise and approval came from onlookers Josh Barbee (Ursulines Triangle CBC Guy), Ben the welder, and Robert Tannen whose art piece occupies the other end of the park.

I think all agree the place is looking more like a park than a parking lot!

Thanks to all involved in getting this park back on track.

Robert Thompson
City Beautiful Clubs


baltimoreThe city of Baltimore’s high crime rate inspired a gritty TV drama. But a new study ( by the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center, in Burlington, found that a 10 percent increase in trees in a given area led to a 12 percent decrease in crime. “It’s really pretty striking how strong this relationship is,” says Austin Troy, lead author of the study, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

Researchers examined the correlation in and around Baltimore using aggregated crime data and combining it with high-resolution satellite images to conduct the analysis. The working hypothesis is that because people enjoy spending time in pleasant outdoor spaces, there are more observers present to hinder criminal activity. Also, a well-maintained landscape seems to send a message that someone may be watching.

To avoid culture bias, the study considered many socioeconomic factors, including housing, age, income and race of residents, as well as variables such as rural versus city setting and population density. The findings should prove helpful to urban planners.

NativeFringeTreeLousiana-500x333Fringetrees are excellent anywhere that a very small tree is needed, such as near a patio, in small yards, or under power lines. Like many white-flowered plants, they look especially nice planted in front of a dark backdrop. They can be used as individual specimens, in groups, in mixed shrub borders or in natural gardens. They are well suited to urban plantings due to pollution tolerance and adaptability to varied soils. Fringetrees are not salt tolerant.

Although fringetrees are adaptable and will grow in most soil types, they prefer moist, deep, well-drained, acidic soils. They grow well in full sun to partial shade. Leaf appearance is best in some shade, but flowering is heaviest in full sun. The ideal compromise would be sun through most of the day, but shade during hot afternoon hours. Fringetrees have low maintenance needs once established.

Due to a naturally strong branch structure fringetrees rarely need pruning. Pruning while young may be desirable if a single stem tree form is preferred. Fringetrees do not transplant well so take care to choose an appropriate permanent location and use proper planting methods. Plant it high, it won’t die!

Plant it Low, It Won’t Grow | Plant it High, It Won’t Die

The most important consideration in planting trees and shrubs is the planting depth. Don’t plant too deep!
Plant all trees and shrubs about one inch above the surface of the existing soil. No dirt should be placed on top of the existing roots and nursery soil so as to not smother the root system. Mulch well, leaving a two inch gap around the caliper(s) of the plant.

For the most efficient use of water, construct an earthen berm two to three inches high around the drip zone area of the plant after planting. Water in well after planting!



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Posted in Featured, Living Well with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2016 by katrinafilm



Join your friends on Saturday, June 11 for 2nd Saturday.

urbangardener1Urban Gardener, Caroline O’Brien will discuss Organic Gardening. Learn about soil amendments, weed and pest control and crop layout to produce fresh organics from your own garden.

Saturday, June 11 | Gates open from 9am-noon

Caroline O’Brien speaks at 10am inside Parkway Partners

1137 Baronne St in Central City

For sale at the greenhouse: Angelonia, Bee balm, Cleome, Passion flower, Pentas, zinnias and native milk weed.

Peppers, squash, eggplant and sugar cane.

Keep mosquitos at bay with lemon balm, citronella, Rosemary, geraniums, peppermint .

Termites are flying! Have your trees treated TODAY to avoid destruction of your urban forest. *Orders are first come, first served.

Place your orders and pay online.



Parkway Partners is a non-profit organization that empowers citizens to preserve, maintain and beautify greenspace in New Orleans.


The organization was founded by citizen action in 1982 in response to massive budget cuts to the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways. Parkway Partners began its work by adopting out neutral grounds to citizens for maintenance. Today it supports extensive programming throughout Orleans Parish, including:
•+45 community gardens/urban farms
•11 public schoolyard gardens
•+11,500 trees planted since Hurricane Katrina
•+600 neutral grounds adopted
•Thousands of trees preserved through annual treatment and fertilization
•Development and restoration of multiple parks, including Cancer Survivor’s Plaza, Lee Circle, Jackson Square, Washington Square and Palmer Park
•Monthly educational series, 2nd Saturdays
•Annual Tree and Plant Sale in partnership with the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways
•Annual Tree Troopers educational series, since 2006

Let’s Get This Straight

Posted in Featured with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by katrinafilm

During hurricanes, limbs and branches of trees can be split, cracked or broken from high winds and heavy rain. Damaged limbs should be removed as soon as possible.

Tree Troopers like Bobby Wozniak, trained through the Parkway Partners program, are guiding volunteers in righting trees throughout the city and encourage volunteers to join them.

Bobby Wozniak is organizing a small group to stake tress that were severely tilted. A volunteer with a truck is needed.

Tree straightening will start this Sunday on Broad, in between deluges. The saturated ground makes this a perfect time. Some of the new trees were either planted wrong, or didn’t have enough root spread yet. The project has been approved by Parks and Parkways.

Call Bobby at 504.452.0386 if you can help and give him the times you are available and a phone number where you can be reached.

Jean Fahr, Executive Director of Parkway Partners says, “Many of our city’s recently planted trees were blown over by the combined jeopardy of high winds and saturated soil from Hurricane Isaac. Volunteer action is needed to straighten trees as soon as possible. Trees blown off axis have exposed root systems that will dry out, and the trees will perish very quickly as we move into a drier season.

New Orleans has made such progress in planting trees on major corridors and along streets since Hurricane Katrina. To lose these newly planted trees after the winds of Hurricane Isaac would be a great tragedy. Trees add to the viability of the city by cleaning the air, removing storm water, providing shade and much more.

The trees that can be set straight are usually under 5 years old, and straightening can be done by a group of energetic volunteers. The tree may require staking, which should be removed as the tree begins to recover, as this will strengthen the root system.

The staff at the Department of Parks and Parkways is guiding volunteers on important neutral ground locations that need immediate attention. With more than 700 trees blown over on neutral grounds and in parks, volunteer assistance is essential to complete the job.”