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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM

One hundred trees to color Beacon Hill street

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Sketched Oct. 6, 11:12 a.m. [Click sketches to view larger]
Picture a boulevard going from West Seattle to Beacon Hill with a lush canopy of trees on both sides of the road. City landscape architect Shane DeWald CQ said we’re a step closer to achieving that plan envisioned by Seattle pioneers.
On Sunday, the city is inviting volunteers to help plant 100 trees along the South Columbian Way corridor between Beacon Ave S. and 15th Avenue S. Crews have been working since May building new sidewalks and have dug 2-foot-deep holes to accommodate the trees.
The street is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted green, said DeWald, who was inspired by the diverse character of the neighborhood to select nine different varieties of trees. They include Eddie’s White Wonder dogwood, Triumph and Chenmoui elm, Japanese and American hornbeam, and Akebono and Cornelian cherry. “People will appreciate the variety of flowers and fall colors.”
Sunday’s event, detailed at sdotblog.seattle.gov, is one of thousands of work parties in Seattle and around the world celebrating 10/10/10, a global day of environmental action.
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For Brett Fashaw, the Bobcat operator I sketched, the planting of the trees is a sign of progress. He grew up in this area but moved further south to Kent in the 70s.
Fashaw is the first company president I meet behind the steering wheel of an excavator. The motto of his business, Garrison Creek Landscaping, is “No job is Too Small.”
I would add “or takes us too long” to that. He was digging holes so fast that I could barely keep up with my sketching! “He’s going to town,” said foreman Will Wright.
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Celon Glymph also grew up near South Columbian Way but moved to Federal Way years ago. He recalled when there were no skyscrapers in downtown Seattle. “In 30 years they’ve built so many hi-rises but no streets,” he said. “They should have planted (the trees) here a long time ago.”
Blog extras
See uncropped versions of the sketches here, here and here.
See the sketch location on my Seattle Sketcher Google Map.

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