The tree planting party with Urban Arboreta and Land Health Institute brought together people from all over the city (as well as a few New Yorkers) who learned to plant young tree saplings together. To put the trees into their ecological context, we walked the site with Land Health Institute director and ecologist, Scott Quitel, who described the dynamic interactions between the plants, the birds and other animal species found on the site. We saw these ongoing ‘collaborations’ at work, and paused to re-think our own relationship with it all.
(Ecology walk lead by LHI ecologist, Scott Quitel)
Throughout the course of Sprouting Possibilities, we have looked closely into to the life cycle of trees to see what clues we might learn from the process. We see ourselves as germinators as we plant seeds and care for the young saplings. We see the community as proverbial migratory instigators, like wind, water, and animals who move the seedlings across the city to propagate widely.