Trees NOW by Mary Reid Barrow

Tree berries are a winter buffet for robins and many other cold weather birds by Mary Reid Barrow

The robins arrived enmasse for the first time this year,  swooping into the yard, flying from tree to tree and gleefully chortling. Their sounds remind me of my long gone great aunt Emily at the holiday table. “Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm,” Aunt Emily murmured throughout  the meal. What shall we try,  the robins seem to ask.  How about these American  holly berries? 

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Listen to the rustling of the beech trees as you walk in First Landing State Park by Mary Reid Barrow

Walk in First Landing State Park to the rustling music of  the beech tree leaves this winter. This time of year, most deciduous trees have dropped their leaves to the forest floor, but not the beeches. These cold-weather friends  provide forest music well into winter because they hold on tight to their beautiful,  coppery-brown leaves. Listen to them rustle on

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Raise a toast to all trees this season, not just the ones with lights by Mary Reid Barrow

Make this season about all trees, not just attention grabbing holiday trees. Grab a handful of Lynnhaven River NOW’s new tree bookmarks from the office at the Brock Center  at Pleasure House Point and spread glad tidings about oaks, pines, hollies, live oaks and more that decorate the land year round. Put a tree bookmark in every gift book you

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Native holly and cedar branches make beautiful holiday wreaths by Mary Reid Barrow

A big paper bag of Virginia cedar covered with blue berries and a sack of American holly sprigs adorned with red berries…that’s all we needed. After a visit to my favorite cedar tree in a friend’s yard in Virginia Beach and a walk around the edges of my daughter Isabel’s Charlottesville neighborhood, we had our holiday wreaths almost ready made.

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