Talk a walk through the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook park with Jason Barnhill, the Arboretum's Horticultural Specialist, and Amy Cameron, the City's Stormwater Manager.
Jason talks tree plantings, including the larger trees recently donated by New Leaf Society.
Amy talks about access points to the creek, native vegetation, and the developing wetland garden.
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Pathway construction is nearing completion along the west side of Brown Branch Creek. As they cross the creek to the east side, the paths will be completed as the construction of the Arboretum Commons Building allows. Speaking of which...construction is moving along on the Commons Building. The enclosed sections in the picture below are the bathrooms.
The plantings that were part of the 2018-2019 Stream Restoration project are starting to spring back to life. Several more of the native trees (oaks, bald cyprus, swamp magnolia, etc) were recently planted along the stream bed as part of the original contract, replacing trees that didn't survive.
The various species of reed-like juncus that were seeded along the creek as part of the restoration have really flourished. You can see a bank of them here with one of the beautiful Corten steel bridges donate by New Leaf Society in the background.
Jason Barnhill, the Arboretum's Horticulture Specialist, has been getting busy, too. Though many of the specialized plantings will have to wait until construction is complete, Jason and his crew did replace the plantings around the gazebo.
They planted Distytlium 'Vintage Jade' and Cephalotaxus 'Duke Gardens.' These low-growing evergreens will allow for an unobstructed view of the park from the Gazebo. When they fill in they will beautifully frame the two existing Japanese Maples.
From being in the park everyday, Jason is quickly become acquainted with all the animals who enjoy Willowbrook. When some park-goers found a baby Yellow-Bellied slider turtle confused and dehydrated on one of the paths, they brought him to Jason. After making sure the little guy was healthy and hydrated, the turtle was released back into the creek.
A big hello and welcome to the City’s new hire, Horticultural Specialist Jason Barnhill. Jason’s primary focus will be to oversee and maintain all the plantings in the Arboretum. While most of the plantings will wait until construction is completed on the pathways and the Arboretum commons, Jason is already starting some minor projects out of the way of construction traffic.