Nashville Tree Foundation works to preserve and enhance Nashville's urban forest by educating the public, planting trees in urban areas, identifying the oldest and largest trees in Davidson County, and designating arboretums.
City Cemetery as 23rd arboretum
Nashville Tree Foundation designated its 23rd arboretum at Nashville City Cemetery June 2. The site includes 40 labeled trees ranging from mulberry and sassafras to quince and Korean boxwood. NTF Arboretums
Winder Campbell of Nashville City Cemetery accepts the arboretum plaque from forester Robin Bible.
Nominators, winners, and Foundation officials celebrate in front of a winning tree.
High Tree Party honors contest winners, Joan Armour
Tree Foundation treasurer Eleanor Willis presented a shagbark hickory bowl to Victor Johnson Award winner Joan Armour.
Tree lovers gathered April 26 to honor 33 Big Old Tree Contest winners and Joan Armour, who was presented the Victor Johnson Award.
Judge Robin Bible presented certificates to owners and nominators of the trees at the 26th annual High Tree Party at Second Presbyterian Church. Entries included more than two dozen species ranging up to 150 feet high. New NTF board member Vicki Turner entered a record 15 trees, including one of her own.
NTF treasurer Eleanor Willis presented a carved wooden bowl to Joan Armour, a founding board member who stepped down from active duty last year after 25 years of service. The Tree Foundation also planted an overcup oak in her honor at the church, where she is a member. (See story below.)
This white pine at Second Presbyterian Church was the site of the 26th annual High Tree Party honoring Big Old Tree Contest winners. See List
Joan Armour receives Johnson Award
Founding NTF board member Joan Armour was honored for her 25 years of service with the 2013 Victor Johnson Award.
Treasurer Eleanor Willis introduced her friend of more than 50 years and described her involvement.
"She can't grow a thing and has never been in the woods, but her impact on Nashville's urban forest has been tremendous," Willis said.
Her role on staff for Homecoming 86's tree planting brought Armour into efforts to establish Nashville Tree Foundation the next year.
For the next 25 years, Armour served as volunteer public relations coordinator for the Foundation's tree contests, plantings, and the ReLeaf Nashville efforts. Her efforts on this project were acknowledged with several local and national public relations awards.
"Of all the volunteer work I have been involved in over these many years, my experience with the Tree Foundation has been one of the most rewarding. We started with an idea — and no funds — to preserve and enhance our city’s urban forest and we continue to do that," Armour said.