by Annette LaMond
The latest plantings made possible by club’s Tree Fund – two Donald Wyman crabapples (2.5-inch caliper) and three lilacs – are now in place at Longfellow Park on the bank to the east of the Cambridge poet’s monument. Planted by a Hartney Greymont crew on the morning of November 29, the crabapples balance two established crabapples on the other side of the monument. The new lilacs have been added to an existing lilac grouping at the top of the bank. Together, the crabapples and additional lilacs will bring new interest to what had been an empty section of the park. A good luck sign: a much-need rain began to fall as the planting was in process and continued through the afternoon.
The Longfellow Park is a new focus for the club thanks to the effort of Sally Ames and Elizabeth Bierer, who identified this historical park as a place where the club could be involved. Last year, they reached out to Ellen Coppinger, the DPW’s Landscape Administrator, and Charles Sullivan, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission. Sally and Elizabeth’s interest has brought results: This spring, the City removed the tired planting around the Longfellow monument and planted drought-tolerant perennials in that area. Nearby crabapples were pruned. The City has installed two new benches, with new lawn, lights, and signage (at the upper and lower entrances) to come. Repair of the steps between the upper and lower levels of the park is being scheduled, thanks to CPA funding. The club’s first financial contribution to the Park is funding for the planting of the crabapples and lilacs.
Thanks go to Sally Ames for arranging today’s planting with David Anderson of Hartney Greymont. Thanks also to supplier of the crabapples, Millican Nursery in Chicester, New Hampshire, for donating the lilacs. Finally, thanks to Jenny Littlefield, a Longfellow Park neighbor, who has offered to make her outdoor tap available to the club for watering next summer. We look forward to seeing the crabapples and lilacs in bloom next May!