Perhaps Mother Nature noticed.
The forecast for Saturday, May 15, is for sun with a high temperature in the low 70s. In other words, the weather will be perfect for the events to be held in Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings.
In Dobbs Ferry and Hastings, a total of 425 shrubs and trees will be added to the ecosystem. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) supplied the seedlings through its Trees for Tribs program (“tribs” being short for tributaries).
In Hastings, starting at 10 a.m., 285 shrubs and 65 trees will be planted along the section of Boutillier’s Brook that flows into the Saw Mill River at the Farragut Parkway exit of the Saw Mill River Parkway. The Saw Mill empties into the Hudson in Yonkers.
The trees include black walnut, black willow, basswood, ironwood, red maple, red oak, river birch, silver maple, swamp white oak, sycamore, and tulip trees.
The shrubs include buttonbush, gray dogwood, hazelnut, nannyberry, ninebark, northern bayberry, prairie willow, pussy willow, red-osier dogwood, sandbar willow, silky dogwood, staghorn sumac, swamp rose, Virginia rose, winged sumac, winterberry, and witch hazel.
To prepare, volunteers removed invasive vegetation along Boutillier’s Brook on Saturday, May 8.
In Dobbs Ferry, starting at 11 a.m., 75 shrubs and trees will be planted at Chauncey Park, north of the Danforth apartments at Rivertowns Square. Last month, the Dobbs Ferry Board of Trustees approved the addition of 8.4 acres to that 6.4-acre park. The acres will be acquired for $1 from New York State.
Last October, 65 shrubs and trees were planted there. On March 15, the 75 additions will include black chokeberry, elderberry, nannyberry, silky dogwood, swamp rose, and winterberry.
Finally, from 1-4 p.m., six residents of Ardsley will welcome the public onto their properties for the first Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Garden Tour. The purpose of the tour is to promote the planting of flowers, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Credit to Haven Colgate of the Hastings Conservation Commission, Sue Galloway of the Dobbs Ferry Conservation Advisory Board, and Carol Sommerfield of the Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Committee for organizing the events.