Even with the extreme heat and intermittent rain on ‘day one,‘ over 550 people attended this past weekend’s 8th Annual Bucktown Tree and Garden Walk. According to co-chairs Sam Marts and Eva Bergant, about $2000 was raised.
The monies will be used by the Bucktown Community Organization to replace some parkway trees as well as continue additional beautification efforts and community building activities like Movies at Churchill Park.
In addition to the 78 gardens, 100 trees in our neighborhood’s urban forest were ‘tagged,’ with a corresponding description in the Garden Walk booklets. (This writer is on newsletter deadline and left her booklet at home, but does anyone want to identify tree #68, spotted at Moffat and Leavitt? Is it a Dutch white paper elm?)
“Visitors came from as close as the Sheffield neighborhood and as far as Australia,” noted Bergant, who thanked local residents for bringing their suburban friends and families with them on the walk. She added, “The event was a success because we all invested our time in looking our best (there are more gardens in Bucktown than the 78 that were on the walk!) and we all spent some time slowing down to take a Walk in our own spaces to take in the beauty and enjoy the good fortune we have to be lucky enough to live here…. and know each other.”
Bergant concluded, “Thanks to the great sponsors and to every volunteer and gardener and to the Tree and GardenWalkers…. keep an eye out for those Tree Tags, we hope they last until the fall colors!”
For a dispatch and photos from last year’s walk, click here.
For photos from this year’s walk, check out the pipeline Facebook album.