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Forestry & Beautification Committee

The Forestry and Beautification (F&B) Committee of the Town of Washington Grove oversees the health and maintenance of trees, shrubs and the general appearance of Town land in the residential area of town, including the parks.

The committee liaises to the Town Council through the Council member for Forestry & Beautification.  The Woods Committee, including its liaison to the Council, restores and manages the Town’s forest preserve, which encompasses both the East and West Woods.

Through the F&B Committee, interested residents can be part of ensuring our continued tree canopy by:

  • selecting new trees for planting each year,
  • determining tree health needs,
  • developing landscaping plans around public buildings and in our parks,
  • supervising installation of new trees, and
  • planting annual/perennial plants at the Town entrance and the Town Hall.

F&B meeting times are published in the Town Bulletin; we’d love to have you join us!

Notes on Native Plants

Are you interested in using more native plants in your yard to increase butterflies and other native pollinators? Here’s advice and local resources from some Town residents.

The Woman’s Club and the Forestry & Beautification Committee co-hosted a free Zoom seminar Going Native: How to Turn Your Yard into a Habitat for Nature on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Learn more about this event and view a video recording of the presentation (YouTube; 57 min.).

Trees in the Grove

Living Fossil Trees

An attraction of Washington Grove is its great variety of trees, some of which are hidden gems and a pleasure to discover. Discussed here are three “living fossils” from Asia that have no close relatives among other plants. We hope that readers will use this...

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Plant Free Trees to Fight Global Warming

Planting trees is a key tool in the fight against global warming. Climate change is caused by an increase in greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere. Trees help to reduce these gases by taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it...

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Spruce Trees in the Grove

Spruces (genus Picea – meaning pitch in ancient Latin) are usually tall, symmetrical, conical evergreen trees. The genus includes thirty-five species (half native to China), most of which are restricted to cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, growing at high...

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Lindens and Hairy Crabweed

Lindens Tilia (linden) is a genus of about 30 species of trees and bushes, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. Two species of lindens are familiar to Maryland landscapes: Tilia cordata (little-leaf) and Tilia americana (American basswood)....

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Of the approximately 100 species of magnolias, eight are native to the eastern U.S. Cultivars of the species preferred in trade, however, number in the thousands. Magnolias prefer acidic soil and full sun. Other common magnolia characteristics are attractive, smooth,...

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Persimmon, Elm, Yellowwood

On October 9, the Town had 11 shade trees installed by Stadler Nursery. As we have tried to do in recent years, all were trees native to the U.S. Among the oaks, maples, and American beech, there are three are new species for us: American persimmon (Diospyros...

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Hickories are native trees important to wildlife and to humans well before the arrival of Europeans. One hickory, the pecan tree (Carya illinoensis), is one of the few commercially significant sources of food that is native exclusively to North America. The wood of...

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Witch Hazel

A blooming Witch Hazel uplifts spirits with an early promise of spring showing off its strap-like brightly colored petals and enticing fragrance. These are the Witch Hazels most often noticed in the Washington area, a large upright spreading shrub or small tree that...

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White Oak

With over 600 hundred species of oaks (genus Quercus), nearly 100 of them native to the U.S., it would seem a difficult group of trees to sort out, much less identify individual species. However, only a few dozen species will be encountered in our area, even including...

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American Beech and Oriental Bittersweet

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) is a slow growing, moderate sized native tree (up to 70’ tall and 100’ wide) that is abundant in eastern forests. The tree is often recognized from a distance by its attractive gray bark. A tree with names or initials carved into its...

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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

F & B Committee News

The latest news from the Committee is contained in the F & B Committee section of the most recent monthly Town Bulletin:

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