Page Bond Gallery and 3north Architects are pleased to announce
TREE BOX LOVE
The RVA Urban Landscaping and Beautification Challenge
August 17 through September 15, 2015
Richmond is getting ready to show itself off on a global scale during this September’s UCI Road World Championships. Let’s make sure every square foot of our city tells the world how creative we are -- starting with your own tree box. You might even get rewarded for your efforts!
The idea was born in anticipation of the bike race and inspired by the new planters around the Coliseum that were recently installed through the efforts of VENTURE Richmond.
The mission of the TREE BOX LOVE CHALLENGE is to build a community interested in making the city beautiful by sprucing up these small but important areas of land and making them sustainable. We need to beautify and protect our street trees and gardens, not just for us, but also for all generations that follow.
Tree boxes, also known as tree wells or tree lawns, are those tiny lots surrounding your trees, and they’re easy to landscape into something of beauty. Add a tree guard or fencing around these spaces and you are taking a valuable step towards protecting trees and creating more livable, breathable and beautiful streets for everyone.
If your tree box is selected as a Tree Box Love winner, you’ll receive:
$500 for Best Overall Tree Box
$400 for Most Sustainable Tree Box
$300 for Most Out of the Box Tree Box
$200 for Most Popular Tree Box
$100 for Best Tree Box by a young person – Ages 13 and under
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS
Start by visiting one of these LOCAL garden supply stores: Strange’s Garden Centers, Sneed’s Nursery, The Greenhouse, The Great Big Greenhouse, and Colesville Nursery. Tell them you’re taking the Tree Box Love Challenge, and they’ll give you a discount on plants! Discounts vary from store to store, but these local plant stores are committed to helping you with your plant needs. Our intent is to support the LOCAL plant stores, but they are not convenient to everyone in the city, so Lowes on Broad Street in the Fan will also participate.
Then, have at it. Make your tree box your own little piece of urban beauty.
The challenge is open to everyone, including neighborhood associations as well as individuals. Anyone from outside the city who is inspired to come into Richmond to help us is invited, too. There are tree boxes up and down major streets that need big love!
From August 18th through September 15th, our judges will travel throughout the city of Richmond looking for amazing tree boxes. But we need your help to make sure we don’t miss the best of the best. Please -- let us know if you or someone you know has created some “tree box love.” Send us your name, contact information, tree box location. Include tree box photos and/or before and after shots. We will post them on face book. ENTER TO WIN
Enter to win the challenge by registering here. Include three (3) photos of your Tee Box as jpeg files with your submission.
Our judges will be traveling to all neighborhoods in the city of Richmond. The judges are:
S. Ross Browne, a visual artist living and working in Richmond
Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia
Peggy Singlemann, Director of Horticulture and Gardening Expert at Maymont
Katie Ukrop, Owner, Quirk Gallery
IMPORTANT – READ IN FULL!
Please read the following suggestions from horticulturalist, Peggy Singlemann at Maymont and Grace Chapman at Lewis Ginter:
Trees boxes or tree wells are located along city sidewalks and are the property of the City of Richmond. So be sure to treat these plots of land with care. Some empty tree boxes may be slated for new trees so be aware that your plantings in empty tree boxes could be uprooted in the future if the city plants a new tree.
Caution!! Take care not to dig too deeply around tree roots. They are delicate and they are what sustain the trees. The goal is to protect, preserve and beautify trees.
Use mulch sparingly. We suggest not using dyed mulches, but to use natural colored double shredded hard wood or triple shredded hardwood, or pine bark (small size).
Note the City’s Right of Way ordinance states that a hedge or shrub that extends beyond the property line onto the sidewalk is considered to be an unauthorized encroachment, as it blocks the right of way of pedestrians. So please keep plantings to a smallish scale.
Finally, if you are not able to participate in the challenge, but you want to improve your tree box in a simple way, add mulch, love and water your tree and the ground around it and your tree box will still SHINE!
Finalist for the TREE BOX LOVE CHALLENGE will be announced on SEPTEMBER 15, 2015.
If you have any questions, contact Page Bond at 804-359-3633.
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GOOD LUCK AND LET THE CHALLENGE BEGIN!