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Arbor Day Video Series on Selecting and Planting a Tree – featuring Rett Davis

In celebration of Arbor Day, we put together a two-part informational video series to help you with selecting the right tree for your yard or landscape and successfully planting your new tree.

Selecting A Tree – Part 1 (Click the thumbnail to watch!)

Planting Your New Tree – Part 2 (Click the thumbnail to watch!)

David Smith’s Book “Architectural Treasures of Alamance County” to Benefit New Leaf Society

With the holidays approaching, this is the perfect gift! Books may be purchased at the Alamance Arts Society – Captain White House at 213 South Main Street in Graham, NC (Monday-Saturday 9am – 5pm)  by making a contribution for $50.00 or more for one book. Contributions are payable by check (New Leaf Society) or exact change, only.

Architectural Treasures of Alamance County,  a coffee book displaying the beautiful architectural features found only in Alamance County is now on sale with all proceeds benefiting New Leaf Society.  David Smith, owner of CHASE Builders, Inc., is the creator of this project.

“Great architecture is as profound as a moving painting, a powerful speech, or an ornate garden landscape. It is something that can propel us forward in life, something that gives us the belief that this is all worthwhile.” Smith says in the book’s introduction. Sample photos of the book can be seen below.

Willowbrook Stream Restoration Featured on Fox8

Willowbrook Park’s Streambank Restoration project by City of Burlington was featured on Fox8 News on March 5th, 2018.  This is an important step for New Leaf’s project to transform this park into an arboretum, in which the City is a partner of. You may view the news story  and video here: Fox8 Willowbrook StoryPlease visit the project page for future information: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park

Arboretum Education

New Leaf’s biggest upcoming project, The Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park, has brought up some questions, most importantly: “What is an arboretum?” According to Merriam-Webster, an arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. We would like to encourage interested individuals to visit the following local Arboretums and Public Gardens:

Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro

Gateway Gardens in Greensboro

Greensboro Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh

NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham

The above links are also available from the project page: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park



NLS Technical Committee Member Featured in Times-News

Sandi Bagby, New Leaf’s own “Plant Lady,” was featured in the Burlington Times-News on January 21st for her work in Mebane, especially with the new Fifth Street Pocket Park. View Article Here.


City Of Burlington Arboretum Videos

Graham Regional Park Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Graham Regional Park opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017. This park is the first phase of what is hoping to be a 118 acre park. It is currently 18 acres. New Leaf contributed to these project by donation $10,000 to go towards trees and plantings. To read the article by the Burlington Times-News, please visit:

City of Graham’s Melody Wiggins Honored in Times-News

The City of Graham’s Recreation & Parks Director for 21 years, Melody Wiggins, will retire the end of January. Wiggins was an instrumental part in the obtaining and implementing a multi-phase project that will ultimately be the City of Graham Recreation Complex. Wiggins and the City of Graham have been wonderful partners to New Leaf and we wish her the best in her retirement. Read the Times-News feature: Melody Wiggins – Burlington Times-News

You may also visit the City of Graham project here


Burlington City Council Approves Arboretum Plans in Burlington Times-News

The Burlington City Council approved plans for the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This was featured in an article in the Burlington Times-News. You may view the article here: Council Approves Arboretum

You may also view a brief outline of the plans on our webpage: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park


Champion Tree of Alamance County Contest

Alamance County is home to many wonderful, large trees with fascinating backstories. The Alamance Champion Tree Project celebrates these trees by finding, measuring and crowning the largest tree of its species, along with overall Grand Champions (not necessarily the largest of their species!) in three special categories:

  • Champion Tree: largest known tree in the county!

  • Historic Tree: a running list of trees that arguably hold the most historic significance. Must be at least fifty years old but don’t have to be the largest of their species.

  • Landmark Tree: a tree that commemorates a special occasion or holds significant value to an individual or group. Does not have to be the largest of its species.

The deadline to enter is November 4th and the winner will be announced November 12th. Happy Measuring!

To learn more, please visit: Alamance County Champion Trees

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