Arboretum: a plot of land on which many different trees or shrubs are grown for study and/or display.
JULY 10, 2019 Two and one half years ago Allan Nielsen of Redwater had a vision of creating an arboretum to be located along the CN tracks in downtown Redwater. He recruited a small group of individuals and our first planting took place on September 22, 2017. Today we put the last two trees in the ground; a Scot's Pine and a Blackhills White Spruce to bring our totals to 66 trees and 26 shrubs planted in under two years in an area that was a pretty much a barren strip of land. Assisting with the planting today were Isadore Koscielnuk and Henry Goeckel and the Town of Redwater provided a backhoe operator. As this park matures it is only going to get more beautiful with each passing year. Next up is ornamental pond with fountain at the west end which we hope to start in August and then a walking trail through the entire arboretum in 2020. None of this would have been possible without our initial grant from Pembina Pipelines who provided $11,000 for the purchase of trees and have also donated $5000 toward the construction of the walking trail. Next time you are downtown take a few minutes to walk through the park and see what has been done.
JUNE 27, 2109 Today we put 12 more trees in the ground and that just about completes our tree planting. We didn't have a backhoe today so the twelve holes were dug by hand. Planting today were Fred Moody, Isadore Koscielnuk, Bud Lemmens, Henry Goeckel and Allan Nielsen. A big thanks to Councillor Connie Butcher for providing coffee and donuts. The trees planted today were Scotch Pine, White Spruce, Purple Wave Flowering Crab, Autumn Spire Maple, Silver Queen Maple, Apollo Maple, Rudolph Flowering Crab, Snowbird Hawthorne, Royal Frost Birch, Common Hackberry, Winter Orange Linden and an Ohio Buckeye.Today's planting brings our total to almost 90 trees and shrubs planted in just under two years.
JUNE 20 - GRADE FOUR TREE PLANTING Many thanks to the Grade 4 class from Ochre Park School and their teacher, Marlo Berezan. They spent a good part of the past school year fundraising to buy a tree for the Redwater Arboretum. They raised about $200 selling popsicles and on June 20 we planted their "Fall Red" apple tree. The tree is called "OP." It is wonderful to see these young kids taking an interest in what we are doing.
REPORT TO COUNCIL - JUNE 18, 2019 Click here to download a copy of our progress report that was presented to Redwater Town Council on June 18
ARBORETUM OPEN HOUSE Date to be announced. Sometime in September. Free hot dogs, arboretum tour, information and silent auction for 15 paintings donated by members of the Redwater Art Society. Please come out and see what progress has been made on your arboretum and what we are planning for this year. Pond? Fountains? Trail?
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 We just received great news from Pembina Pipeline Corporation. They have donated $5000 toward the construction of a walking trail through our arboretum. That makes a total of $16,000 donated by them for our project. Their commitment to supporting communities is second to none and we are truly grateful for their support.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 Today we spread 11 yards of red cedar mulch into our feature areas. This really adds colour to the arboretum. Unfortunately we ran out and will have to make another trip next week to pick up some more.
AUGUST 20, 2018 We planted six shrubs today to accent our signs. Four Magic Carpet Spirea were planted in the entry area and two Coppertina Ninebark were planted beside our Donor Sign. Over the next week we will be planting our final three trees of the season; a Pink Horse Chestnut, a Dakota Pinnacle Birch and a Royal Red Maple. In early September we will be adding mulch to our three feature areas and that will just about wrap up our work for 2018. We are proud that we were selected the Best Community Group Float in the recent Discovery Days Parade. We hope we raised awareness in Redwater about the work that we are doing and hopefully attract some more members to our group.
JULY 25, 2018 Four of our members; Henry Goeckle, Isadore Koscielnuk, Fred Moody and Allan Neilsen began removing the grass from around several of our feature areas. Over the next few weeks this will be completed and cedar mulch will be put down.
Phase 2 - June 28, 2018 We had a very successful day today planting an additional 20 trees. The majority of trees were planted at the east end of the park across from the Post Office and Home Hardware with five planted at the west end. What a difference this makes! Thanks to the Town staff for digging the holes, moving the trees around and hauling the top soil. Thanks also to our volunteers who came out and assisted in planting....Isadore Koscielnuk, Fred Moody, Henry Goeckel, Janice Goeckel, Don Rimstad, Randy Serben and Bud Lemmens. All of the trees where provided by Arrowhead Nurseries.
June 20, 2018 Today was a good day at the Arboretum. We erected our two entry signs made by Jamie Sandmaier at Rustic Country Designs and by the picnic shelter erected our Donor Recognition Sign built by Fred Moody and Leo Dwyer. Thanks to Isadore Koscielnuk, Fred Moody, Henry Goeckel, Allan Nielsen, Erna Luger and Les Dorosh for helping out. A special thanks to Connie Butcher who showed up and carried a bag of concrete for us. Thank you to the Town of Redwater for augering the holes for us and providing a water truck.