It was a busy week at Deepwood as we welcomed the start of spring. A very generous donor made it possible for the Conservancy to contract Elwood’s Tree Service to clean up the tree canopy. This long overdue task is a responsibility that should fall on the City but for some years now they have not had arbor work done in the parks. After seeing the difference that Elwood’s arborists made in three days of deadwood removal, maintenance pruning and shaping the trees in the Lord and Schryver gardens, the contrast is remarkable.

I stayed busy helping Elwood’s crew drag brush to the chipper and, in between, worked on regrading the paths in the teahouse. The brick edging had sunk over the years, and the paths were well below grade. They are now back to where they should be just in time for the spring season.

I have been with the Lord and Schryver Conservancy for just over a year now and I want to say how proud I am to be able to be a part of this organization. The work is very rewarding, even though it may be frustrating at times working in a park like Deepwood with fewer resources than I wish we had, and the sometimes-conflicting priorities of the City Parks Department and other organizations involved.

What a positive transformation has taken place in the Deepwood gardens this past year! It has been amazing to work with our volunteers who give and give tirelessly. The generosity of the donor who funded last year’s renovation work is greatly appreciated. It shows that a community of people who care about a place can truly make a difference.

Thank you for giving your time and attention to the Lord and Schrvyer Conservancy. I feel fortunate to be a part of an organization that is making such a significant contribution to our community.

Stay healthy and happy,