Join Jim Gersbach, local tree steward, member of the Concordia Tree Team and creator of the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum for a bicycle tour of the Ainsworth Arboretum. The tour will be held during NE Sunday Parkways on September 25, 2011 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The tour will meet at the NW corner of Alberta Park (by the bleachers) at NE 19th Ave. & Ainsworth.
The tour will stop at various points along the route to discuss the natural history and interesting stories about trees planted along Ainsworth both before and after it was designated a Linear Arboretum by the City of Portland. Get to know trees from Mexico, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe and the eastern U.S. as well as West Coast natives. Learn which trees have attractive flowers, fruit or fall color, and discover which ones are thriving here and which are struggling.
The Linear Arboretum is a showcase of tree diversity, featuring many underused and promising urban street trees that deserve to be better known. Many of the trees along Ainsworth are investigational plantings being monitored to see how well they do in Portland during the rapid climate change anticipated from higher concentrations planetwide of greenhouse gases.
The Concordia Tree Team and Friends of Trees Vernon and Concordia Neighborhood Coordinators will be at Fernhill Park all day to answer questions about trees and how to get involved.