Citizens Association of Georgetown: Sept. 13, 2017

Many Georgetown streetscapes are notable for their trees and historic buildings. (Brian Kapur/The Current/June 2017)

On Sunday evening at the Cafritz residence, Betsy Emes of our association hosted an elegant fundraiser to support the Trees for Georgetown program.

Recognizing the continuing need to plant a range of species for tree boxes along our sidewalks, Trees for Georgetown has partnered with the D.C. Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division and Casey Trees to plant a variety of species including honey locust, burr oak, overcup oak, swamp white oak, sweetgum London plane, bald and pond cypress, black gum, hackberry, homestead elm, single-stem birch and willow oak.

Each tree costs approximately $1,000 to purchase and plant, and regulation wrought-iron fences are installed around every tree. Residents who live near new trees are urged to adopt a tree to ensure that the tree box is watered.

Other events are planned for this fall. We welcomed new residents to Georgetown at The George Town Club on Sept. 12, and our annual black-tie gala “Streets of Georgetown” will be held at the Four Seasons hotel on Oct. 21. Sponsorship and ticket information are available at

— Bob vom Eigen