By Canopy Team on February 20, 2017
On a clear and gorgeous February morning, a group of some seventy community members gathered around the stately avocado tree in Johnson Park. Coming from Palo Alto and beyond, a love for trees, food, and horticulture is what brought everyone out. On this day they joined arborists Blake Watkins and Michael Hawkins, and representatives from Slow Food South Bay, Joni Sare and Peter Ruddock for an Edible Urban Forest Tree Walk.
The enthusiasm for trees and the edible bounty they provide was palpable among the group. Eager to learn about the trees along the route, the group set out, first exploring several trees in Johnson Park including the Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), Fuyu Persimmon (Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’), and Australian Brush Cherry (Syzygium paniculatum).
Leaving Johnson Park, the group continued to amble down Waverley Street as they were regaled with fun facts and stories about the edible trees, with a special focus on their culinary use and history. Some trees discussed where the Olive tree (Olea europaea), Valley Oak (Quercus lobata), and Pomegranate tree (Punica granatum). The tree walk ended in lush and verdant Gamble Garden, discussing the Black Mission Fig tree (Ficus carica) and Kiwi plant.
We would like to thank our incredible partners, Joni Sare and Peter Ruddock with South Food South Bay, for helping us bring this special edible tree walk to life and for sharing their wealth of knowledge. We are also full of gratitude for co-leaders, arborists Blake Watkins and Michael Hawkins for sharing their expertise of trees.