Hales Corners vies for fruity trees through Victory Garden Initiative
By Erik Hanley
An orchard of trees bearing fruit and nuts could take root on two lots in Hales Corners.
That's assuming the village wins the trees in Fruity Nutty 5 orchard contest.
The village authorized Sarah Kastern of the Hales Corners Environmental Committee to submit the application for 20 trees to be planted in two vacant lots in the village at a Jan. 25 board of trustees meeting.
"That area needs some improvement," said Village President Robert Ruesch. "Those houses were taken down years ago."
The Victory Garden Initiative is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20, to raise money for the five new orchards to be awarded in the 2016 contest. The winners will be announced at the event, held at the historic Villa Filomena, 1119 N. Marshall St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $70 per person or $525 for a thicket of eight tickets. The event features a complimentary cocktail hour, live music and food from local restaurants and caterers.
If the village prevails, the trees would be planted on lots totaling one acre a block and a half east of Hales Corners Elementary, north of Parnell Avenue and adjacent to North Branch Whitnall Park Creek. According to a letter from Village Administrator Michael Weber, that parcel was transferred to the village as part of a flood control program.
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