Volunteers to plant saplings grown from a Johnny Appleseed tree


April 12, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LET'S GET environmental here, now that spring is busting out all over.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, volunteers will plant a heritage fruit tree orchard at Historic London Town and Gardens. The orchard will commemorate John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, the legendary figure famous for roaming across the United States planting apple trees.

For this event, Greg Stiverson, London Town's executive director, has teamed with Don Riddle, of Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, and Jeff Meyer, of American Forests, the country's oldest nonprofit conservation organization.

The volunteers will plant saplings raised from cuttings taken from a tree Johnny Appleseed planted in Ohio. The offspring trees have been donated to London Town by American Forests and Homestead Gardens.

Pupils from Davidsonville, Ferndale and Edgewater elementaries will watch the event and present posters depicting the benefits of planting a Johnny Appleseed tree. The posters will be on display at London Town and each child will receive an apple, the story of Johnny Appleseed and a suggested reading list.

Information: Lydia Phillips, Homestead Gardens, 410-798- 5000, Ext. 299.

Ecological history

The Smithsonian Environ- mental Research Center near Edgewater will present the second in its series of lectures on the ecological history of the Chesapeake Bay at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dr. Hettie Ballweber will present a talk on the bay's precolonial inhabitants. A reception will be held after the lecture.

The series takes place at Philip D. Reed Education Center. Thanks to the sponsorship of Mills Corp., the lectures are free.

Information: 410-798-4424.

Edgewood Road cleanup

Debbie Gosselin of Annapolis Landing Marina is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Edgewood Road Cleanup scheduled Saturday. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. to join marina staff, boat owners, neighbors and Naval Academy midshipmen to clean up the mile or so of roadway that runs along the south shore of Back Creek.

"The cleanup is part of the city of Annapolis' Greenscape program," Gosselin says. "Greenscape will provide volunteers with T-shirts, gloves, and trash bags."

Annapolis Landing's dock master started the cleanup in 1993 when he organized volunteers who collected 40 bags of trash in a few hours.

"We found all sorts of things in the woods," Gosselin recalls, "even a toilet."

Since then, she says, the effort has become easier. "I think the neighbors appreciate how nice it looks after the cleanup. When we're out there, people driving by give us the thumbs-up or yell `Thank you' to us. That's a reward in itself," she says.

If that's not enough reward, the city's Greenscape program will provide an ice cream social for volunteers Saturday afternoon.

Information: Annapolis Landing Marina, 410-263-0090.

Spa Creek planting

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis and Annapolis Housing Authority seek volunteers to plant trees and shrubs along Spa Creek on April 24.

Geoff Oxnam of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the project will help restore the creek's natural riparian buffer.

"Plants along the edges of rivers, streams and creeks like this play a crucial role in reducing the pollution caused by erosion," he says. "Root systems anchor the soil and keep it from running off and clouding water where it can destroy fish and plant life."

In addition to planting trees, volunteers will clean trash from the shoreline and create mulched nature trails to encourage exploration. The City Dock Cafi will provide coffee.

"There will be work for everyone, so bring the whole family," Oxnam says. "Dress for mess and bring a lunch to eat along the water."

Information: Jenn Hicks at 410-268-8816, or jhicks@savethebay.cbf.org.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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