The Meeting Place’s Public Orchard – Planting, Day One
Greensboro, North Carolina’s first Public Orchard was planted at the Downtown Greenway’s Meeting Place at the corner of Smith and Prescott Streets, on March 1st & 2nd, 2014. The design and installation was led by Dr. Charlie Headington, Permaculture teacher and practitioner of over 25 years. The orchard consists of 17 fruit trees, 30 shrubs and over 1000 understory plantings. Members and friends of the Greensboro Permaculture Guild assisted in the planting, using only Permaculture practices. The Public Orchard, along with a metal gazebo art installation created by artists from Harries + Heder Collaborative, and native North Carolina plantings by New Garden Nursery will serve the citizens of Greensboro for years to come.
Digging and planting begin on the bare hill of the Public Orchard at the corner of Smith and Prescott Streets in downtown Greensboro, NC.
Bobbe prepares the soil in the background as Josh and Johnny mark the upper swale.
Bobbe, Charlie, Josh and Aubrey planting fruit trees on the Smith Street side of the Public Orchard.
Aubrey places a cherry tree.
Charlie and Johnny use the a-frame to create the swale as Bobbe readies a space for the next tree.
Cherry and Plum trees line the pathway on the hillside of the Public Orchard. More understory plantings to come!
Beautiful bagged & burlapped fruit trees. Apricots, Pears, Quince, Cherry, Apple, Fig, Persimmon, Pear, Plum.
An abundance of beautiful fruit trees for the Public Orchard.
Johhny and Josh flag the contour line for a second swale. Beautiful gazebo behind.
What a beautiful, sunny day. March 1, 2014.
This gives a good perspective of the slope of the hill. Permaculture principles in practice ~ catch that water as it travels down the hill ~ by creating a swale!
Charlie prepares a space for a Seckle Pear tree.
Chandra, Bobbe, Aubrey and Charlie map out the hillside tree locations.
Bobbe, Charlie, Aubrey and Chandra discuss the planting strategy.
Zach and Aubrey.
The path through the Public Orchard leads to the Meeting Place gazebo.
Words from General Nathaniel Greene’s diary circle the top of the art installation. As the sun shines through, the words cast shadows on the concrete below.
A well-deserved break.
Day two ~ David hauls (beautiful) top soil for the planting of the understory.
Day two ~ David hauls top soil as Johnny begins to distribute the 1000 plants for the understory.
Refueling with locally made goodies from The Iron Hen.