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Trees Atlanta Speaker Series

The 2012-2013 Trees Atlanta Speaker Series opens on Friday, October 26 @ 5:30pm with a magnetic presentation by Longwood Graduate Ashby Leavell.

Her talk, entitled “Wild Abandon and a New Frontier: Converting Vacant Railways into Urban Greenways”, is based on her research in converting vacant railroads into urban greenspaces, like the rousing successes of New York’s High Line and Philadelphia’s Reading Viaduct. This talk is sure to impress.

Reserve your FREE seat today, as space is limited.

Parking available at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center (225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316) or neighboring street parking.

  • 5:30pm – Light refreshments including beer & wine served
  • 6:00pm – Presentation begins

Seats are limited & reservations are first come first served.

Ashby describes her talk:

“The restoration of the Chelsea High Line in New York City has received numerous design accolades and injected life into the field of landscape design. Its sleek lines and lush plantings have dazzled millions since the first section opened in 2009. I’m excited to join the staff and friends of Trees Atlanta to showcase my research and learn more about the Atlanta Beltline. Join me Friday evening, October 26th, as we explore the High Line, and advance to four other former railways in various stages of conversion into parkland. Along the way, we’ll compare wild and formal planting patterns, while examining how native and non-native trees frame each project. Enjoy travel stories, striking images, and lessons learned regarding transforming derelict railways like the Atlanta Beltline. I look forward to meeting you all on the 26th.”

Reserve your FREE seat today, as space is limited.

Stay tuned for information on future lectures in the Trees Atlanta Speaker Series. Contact Kate Baltzell, Trees Atlanta Education Coordinator, with questions 404.681.4897 or

Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for helping to fund the Trees Atlanta Speaker Series.

One response to “Trees Atlanta Speaker Series”

  1. Judy Yi says:

    This sounds awesome!

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