Trees Lexington! will be working with local groups and East End neighbors to plant and celebrate 27 beautiful native trees in honor of the Equestrian View neighborhood, William Wells Brown Elementary School students and staff, and the larger East End area. 

 

This new grove of trees, formally named the “East Grove at Shropshire” by District 1 Councilmember James Brown, intends to symbolize the strength, beauty, and resourcefulness of this deeply rooted community.

 

Catalyzed by a generous donation from Harry and Betty Hall in March 2021, this project has bloomed from the hearts of all those involved, who have engaged in collaborative and cooperative support every step of the way.

  

As the trees grow, they may serve as a place for creativity, knowledge, unity, or peace. Though, as we know, each person has a unique connection to nature that is all their own. We hope this space encourages each of these unique connections to be strengthened and freely celebrated!

"Every part of a tree works together. From the deepest roots that burrow through the earth to the smallest leaf on the highest branch, every part of a tree is working hard to help it survive." - The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Claire McElfatrick and Jen Green

East Grove at
Shropshire Circle

Phase I - 20 Trees Installed by Klausing Group -
Week of May 16-May 20, 2022

During the week of May 16-20, members of local landscaping company, Klausing Group, will be assisting with the planting of 20 of the 27 trees to help the Phase II planting and celebration be more feasible. The trees to be installed range in height from 5'-9' tall and weigh a considerable amount! If you are in the area, expect to see an auger digging holes and new trees going in around that time. The remaining 7 trees will be planted during Phase II (below).

Klausing Group's approach is rooted in smart landscaping, for which increasing the tree canopy is a key principle. They stand by tree care as "one of the most economical and environmentally friendly decisions you can make", which applies to anyone from residents to corporations. Check out their landscaping blog for more information on smart landscaping, tree care, landscape design, and more!

Phase II - East Grove Tree Planting and Celebration - Saturday, May 21, 2022

 

On Saturday, May 21. from 10a-12p, Trees Lexington!, community partners, and East End neighbors will be joining together for a tree planting and celebration. Together, we will be planting the remaining 7 trees to grow and thrive in this space, which is also a great excuse to have a tree party!

The fun-filled offerings of the day will include games, food, music, jugglers, and a wonderful line up of guest speakers to jumpstart the event.

 

Note - to keep attendees and volunteers safe, this portion of Shropshire Avenue will be closed from 9am-1pm.

East Grove Tree Planting & Celebration

May 21, 2022, 10a-12p

Shropshire Circle across from WWB

Want to help us plant trees? Make sure to wear some closed-toe shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided by Trees Lexington!

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The East Grove Planting Plan

The landscape design for this project was developed by Trees Lexington! President Stacy Borden and drawn by Landscape Designer Jeongok Park. The tree plan is inspired by the vigor, diversity, and resilience of the area. Each tree's contributions to the health, well-being, and beauty of both the neighborhood and the natural ecosystem intend to mirror the culture of deeply-rooted dedication and support shown within the neighborhood.

Meet the Species

Click through each species to learn a bit about what trees you will see in the new East Grove:

Swamp White Oak
Tulip Poplar
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

A majestic, large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 60 to 80 feet. The bur oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces large acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Bur Oak Leaf
Bur Oak Leaf

A majestic, large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 60 to 80 feet. The bur oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces large acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Bur Oak Acorn
Bur Oak Acorn

A majestic, large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 60 to 80 feet. The bur oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces large acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

A majestic, large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 60 to 80 feet. The bur oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces large acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Bur Oak
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

The Swamp White Oak is a medium to large shade tree with a typical height range of 50 to 60 feet. It can thrive in medium to large lawns. Unlike some of the other oaks listed, this species has a preference for wet, low-lying areas and can tolerate occasional flooding. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Swamp White Oak Leaves
Swamp White Oak Leaves

The Swamp White Oak is a medium to large shade tree with a typical height range of 50 to 60 feet. It can thrive in medium to large lawns. Unlike some of the other oaks listed, this species has a preference for wet, low-lying areas and can tolerate occasional flooding. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Swamp White Oak Acorns
Swamp White Oak Acorns

The Swamp White Oak is a medium to large shade tree with a typical height range of 50 to 60 feet. It can thrive in medium to large lawns. Unlike some of the other oaks listed, this species has a preference for wet, low-lying areas and can tolerate occasional flooding. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

The Swamp White Oak is a medium to large shade tree with a typical height range of 50 to 60 feet. It can thrive in medium to large lawns. Unlike some of the other oaks listed, this species has a preference for wet, low-lying areas and can tolerate occasional flooding. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

The Tulip Poplar is a large, fast-growing shade tree. Its mature height is typically between 70 to 90 feet. The Tulip Poplar is known for its yellow "tulip" flowers and showy fall color. It is also the state tree of Kentucky!

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Tulip Poplar - Flower
Tulip Poplar - Flower

The Tulip Poplar is a large, fast-growing shade tree. Its mature height is typically between 70 to 90 feet. The Tulip Poplar is known for its yellow "tulip" flowers and showy fall color. It is also the state tree of Kentucky!

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Tulip Poplar - Fall Color
Tulip Poplar - Fall Color

The Tulip Poplar is a large, fast-growing shade tree. Its mature height is typically between 70 to 90 feet. The Tulip Poplar is known for its yellow "tulip" flowers and showy fall color. It is also the state tree of Kentucky!

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Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

The Tulip Poplar is a large, fast-growing shade tree. Its mature height is typically between 70 to 90 feet. The Tulip Poplar is known for its yellow "tulip" flowers and showy fall color. It is also the state tree of Kentucky!

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Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)
Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)

The Blackgum, also know as the Tupelo Tree, is a medium tree with a distinct horizontal branch structure. It can grow from 30 to 50 feet in full sun or partial sun/shade. These trees are highly desired for their orange to scarlet red fall color.

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Blackgum - Fall Color
Blackgum - Fall Color

The Blackgum, also know as the Tupelo Tree, is a medium tree with a distinct horizontal branch structure. It can grow from 30 to 50 feet in full sun or partial sun/shade. These trees are highly desired for their orange to scarlet red fall color.

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Blackgum - Flower
Blackgum - Flower

The Blackgum, also know as the Tupelo Tree, is a medium tree with a distinct horizontal branch structure. It can grow from 30 to 50 feet in full sun or partial sun/shade. These trees are highly desired for their orange to scarlet red fall color.

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Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)
Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)

The Blackgum, also know as the Tupelo Tree, is a medium tree with a distinct horizontal branch structure. It can grow from 30 to 50 feet in full sun or partial sun/shade. These trees are highly desired for their orange to scarlet red fall color.

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Blackgum/Tupelo
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

The Sugar Maple is an iconic shade tree with a maximum height of 60-75 feet. This tree is most known for its easily recognized leaf shape (think maple syrup), "twirly-bird" winged seeds, and stunning fall colors.

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Sugar Maple - Leaf
Sugar Maple - Leaf

The Sugar Maple is an iconic shade tree with a maximum height of 60-75 feet. This tree is most known for its easily recognized leaf shape (think maple syrup), "twirly-bird" winged seeds, and stunning fall colors.

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Sugar Maple - Samara
Sugar Maple - Samara

The Sugar Maple is an iconic shade tree with a maximum height of 60-75 feet. This tree is most known for its easily recognized leaf shape (think maple syrup), "twirly-bird" winged seeds, and stunning fall colors.

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Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

The Sugar Maple is an iconic shade tree with a maximum height of 60-75 feet. This tree is most known for its easily recognized leaf shape (think maple syrup), "twirly-bird" winged seeds, and stunning fall colors.

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Sugar Maple
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

The American Hornbeam is a medium sized understory tree that can grow between 15 to 40 feet at maturity. This species is tolerate full sun to partial sun/shade. Throughout the year, the American Hornbeam showcases a spectrum of colors - purple in the spring, dark green in the summer, and yellow to orange-red in the fall!

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American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

The American Hornbeam is a medium sized understory tree that can grow between 15 to 40 feet at maturity. This species is tolerate full sun to partial sun/shade. Throughout the year, the American Hornbeam showcases a spectrum of colors - purple in the spring, dark green in the summer, and yellow to orange-red in the fall!

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American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

The American Hornbeam is a medium sized understory tree that can grow between 15 to 40 feet at maturity. This species is tolerate full sun to partial sun/shade. Throughout the year, the American Hornbeam showcases a spectrum of colors - purple in the spring, dark green in the summer, and yellow to orange-red in the fall!

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American Hornbeam
Chinkapin Oak(Quercus muehlenbergii)
Chinkapin Oak(Quercus muehlenbergii)

A medium to large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 40 to 60 feet. The chinkapin oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Chinkapin Oak Leaf
Chinkapin Oak Leaf

A medium to large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 40 to 60 feet. The chinkapin oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Chinkapin Oak Acorns
Chinkapin Oak Acorns

A medium to large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 40 to 60 feet. The chinkapin oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Chinkapin Oak(Quercus muehlenbergii)
Chinkapin Oak(Quercus muehlenbergii)

A medium to large shade tree that prefers large lawns and open spaces with full sun. Typical mature height is 40 to 60 feet. The chinkapin oak is relatively slow growing, but will live a long time under good conditions. This species produces acorns once it reaches maturity.

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Chinquapin Oak
Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea
Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea

Yellowwood is a medium to large-sized tree that can grow between 30-50 feet. It produces fragrant white flowers and bright yellow fall foliage. The interior wood of the bark is yellow, hence the name Yellowwood.

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Yellowwood - Fall Color
Yellowwood - Fall Color

Yellowwood is a medium to large-sized tree that can grow between 30-50 feet. It produces fragrant white flowers and bright yellow fall foliage. The interior wood of the bark is yellow, hence the name Yellowwood.

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Yellowwood - Flower
Yellowwood - Flower

Yellowwood is a medium to large-sized tree that can grow between 30-50 feet. It produces fragrant white flowers and bright yellow fall foliage. The interior wood of the bark is yellow, hence the name Yellowwood.

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Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea
Yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea

Yellowwood is a medium to large-sized tree that can grow between 30-50 feet. It produces fragrant white flowers and bright yellow fall foliage. The interior wood of the bark is yellow, hence the name Yellowwood.

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Yellowwood

Support for This Project

A large thank you to the following groups for providing support and services to make this project possible...

Harry and Betty Hall for providing a generous donation to jumpstart this community-centered project and for supporting the growth of Lexington's tree canopy.

Klausing Group for providing planting and digging support through the company's 10% for the Community program as well as smart landscaping  information and resources for the community.

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Stacy Borden and Jeongok Park for contributing time and expertise to the tree selection and landscape design for the East Grove at Shropshire Circle.

Councilmember James Brown and team for providing tremendous support and resources to provide food and local music for this neighborhood celebration.

 

Jill Wilson and the William Wells Brown Community Center for support in marketing this celebration and providing resources for family fun and activities.

 

William Wells Brown Elementary School Staff for connecting this project to students and future learning opportunities.
 

The City of Lexington Division of Environmental Services and Division of Traffic Engineering, for their guidance and permission to plant and manage 27 beautiful trees into this city-owned median.

East End and Equestrian View neighbors for sharing in this celebration of the neighborhood's history and legacy into the future.

Lexington Fire Department for volunteering to help hydrate the trees of the new East Grove.

To all who provided letters of support and enthusiasm for this planting and celebration.