Category: Trees

  • Community Supported Forestry (CSF)

    Community Supported Forestry (CSF)

    Community In The Shape of a Forest If you could plant or gift a tree, would you? What would a tree subscription look like? What if we could work together to cultivate a food-secure, climate-resilient, and biodiverse future through community tree growing and planting? A New CSA. From Vegetables to Trees Subscription Community Supported Agriculture…

  • How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    How To Grow a 1000-Year-Old Tree

    Edmonton Public Library How-To Festival What would it be like to live in a world where people tended 1000-year-old trees? How might planting long-lived trees change our thinking about the future and our role in its creation? The following is a recording and edited transcript of a talk I gave at the Edmonton Public Library’s…

  • Alberta Tree Register

    Alberta Tree Register

    Cataloguing Alberta’s Heritage Trees In 2019, with support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, I embarked on a year-long project to catalogue Edmonton’s heritage trees and plants. While doing so, I came across Lethbridge arborist Maureen Sexsmith-West and the two of us teamed up to start the Alberta Tree Register. The Alberta Tree Register attempts to pick…

  • Oldest Trees In Alberta

    Oldest Trees In Alberta

    Alberta Tree Species Capable of Living for 1000s of Years Alberta has a reputation as a “Prairie Province” despite being over 60% forested. And when it comes to the forest we do have, we’re not known for having large old trees. But is that accurate? Can Alberta grow old trees? What are the oldest trees…

  • 11 Woody Superpowers That Grow Better Cities

    11 Woody Superpowers That Grow Better Cities

    Trees have woody superpowers that, when used correctly, can grow better cities. We plant trees in our parks, boulevards, and yards, but for many of us, they’re little more than greenery in the landscape. But noticed or not, trees are silently making our yards, communities, and cities better places to live. Whether shading our homes,…

  • Making Walnut Ink and Dye

    Making Walnut Ink and Dye

    Making Ink and Dye From Walnut Seeds I discovered walnut ink while collecting and processing (dehusking) walnuts to plant with the Shrubscriber community. Locally, the most common Walnut is the White or Butternut Walnut (Juglans cinerea but I occasionally run across Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra) and Manchurian Walnuts (Juglans mandschurica). I gather seeds, a process…

  • Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Researching Edmonton Heritage Trees

    Supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council On the edge of downtown Edmonton, on the river valley slopes, grows a wild patch of goji berries, descended from seeds imported and tended by Edmonton’s early Chinese community. A few blocks West, surrounded by asphalt, the chestnut seed Walter Holowach collected in Vienna stands forty feet tall, casting…

  • What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    What Makes A Heritage Tree? Part 1 -Time

    Time, Novelty, and Narrative and the Value of Heritage Trees The 2008 book Heritage Tree of Alberta lists 28 trees in Edmonton that are said to have “heritage value,” but what does that mean? How can we define “heritage tree”? This article attempts to synthesize a definition of a heritage tree by comparing the twenty-eight…

  • Development and the Lifespan of Urban Trees

    Development and the Lifespan of Urban Trees

    Tree Life Expectancy and the Cycle of Urban Development Since trees can live longer than buildings, development has an enormous impact on the lifespan of urban trees. While mature trees increase property value, they’re susceptible to damage from nearby development. Soil compaction from heavy equipment or storing materials, damage to roots from excavation, and regarding…

  • Cold Hardy Food Forest Plant List

    Cold Hardy Food Forest Plant List

    A Growing Inventory of Cold Hardy Perennial Plants Since 2015, I’ve been propagating and growing tonnes of USDA hardiness zone 1 to 5 perennial plants in my Edmonton backyard and urban farm plot. The list has grown to over 285 species across 152 plant genera. Tagging each species by edible component (fruit, nut, leaf, bark,…

  • Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    Slow Landscaping – Slow Trees in Fast Cities

    The Long Now Cities are fast-paced, ever-changing places filled with fast fashion, quick commerce, short election cycles, and perpetual development. What does living in the fast lane do to our ability to see the big picture and tackle life’s biggest challenges? How might fast-paced cities influence what musician and producer Brian Eno coined a sense…

  • Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    Decorative Tree Lighting Can Kill Trees

    The Dark Side of Decorative Tree Lighting Edmonton has embraced year-round decorative tree lighting, and it’s hard not to love it! A 2015 Edmonton Journal article states that the City’s forestry department “installed lights on 1000 city-owned trees in six business revitalization zones.” Walking Whyte, Churchill, or Giovanni Caboto amongst twinkling giant elms is magical.…