Meet Burlington’s Awesome Trees of 2015

This past Thursday, Branch Out Burlington! had its 15th Annual Awesome Tree Contest award ceremony honoring our best loved trees. Friends and neighbors nominated their favorites and our judges selected the best of the best! As the name indicates, this contest is designed to discover spectacular trees located in the city of Burlington. Every tree that is entered is physically visited by a panel of judges who determine which trees best represent the categories for that year. Winners receive glory AND prizes that have been generously donated.

Category Place Winner Tree Prize/Sponsor
Best Use of a Tree 1 Margarette Karson Weeping pine Extendable shrub rake Bibens Hardware
Tallest 2 Karl Daly Blue Spruce Burlington Parks pass Parks & Rec
  1 Cassie Bouchard Red oak Extendable loping shears Bibens Hardware
Kids Choice 2 Medea Daly Blue Spruce $25 Gift Certificate Gardenside Nursery
  Tie 1 Mrs. Seitz 2nd grade class Norway Maple $25 Gift Certificate Gardeners Supply
  Tie 1 Quentin Becker Red pine Vermont State Parks pass
Beautiful Bark 3 Signe Daly Grey birch Hand made tree clock from potter Sara Russell
  2 Judy Goodyear River birch Hand made tree clock from potter Sara Russell
  1 Michael George Copper beech 1 yard Compost –  Green Mtn Compost
My Favorite Tree in Burlington 4 Melanie Brotz Cottonwood Notecards – Seventh Horizon Design
  3 James Reagan Butternut $25 Gift Certificate Gardeners Supply
  2 Lisa Becker Weeping willow Hand made tree clock from potter Sara Russell
  1 Karl Lukhaup Pear Vermont State Parks pass

Meet the Judges: (L to R) Karen Dawson, Gail Asbury, Diana Jaramillo, Gwen Kozlowski

This Year’s Top Trees!

Best Use of a Tree

Elegant and decorative Weeping White Pine

Tallest Tree

Towering Red Oak standing at 80 feet!

Kid’s Choice (Tie)

Red Pine in Ethan Allen Park is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss!
Norway Maple makes a canopy over the play space!

Most Beautiful Bark

2nd Place: River Birch
2nd Place: River Birch
1st Place: European Copper Beech
1st Place: European Copper Beech

My Favorite Tree in Burlington


It may be just a Common Pear tree, but it’s special to someone!

Arborist Choice Award

The beautiful Sugar Maple at Ronald MacDonald House

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