Eyes on Arlington: Do you know your pecan trees?

07/28/2014 4:00 PM

07/28/2014 4:02 PM

GraBohls, GraTex, GraKing, GraZona, GraCross, and GranParkGiant — any of these ring a bell? If so, you do know your pecan tree varieties and your help is now needed by the Friends of the O.S. Gray Natural Area, at 2021 W. Abram St.

This beautiful park and natural preserve once was the location of Gray Nursery was named in honor of Oscar Gray Sr. because of his significance in the cultivation of pecan trees in Texas and the nation. Gray was sometimes referred to as the “Johnny Appleseed” of pecans because of his expertise in the plant species.

Friends spokeswoman Paula Harbour writes in a news release, “The Friends want to locate known pecan trees within Arlington of these varieties [to] photograph, collect nut samples, and catalog them for future reference.”

According to Harbour, Gray and his son cultivated varieties of pecan trees for commercial crop production but also sold some through their retail store associated with their nursery that operated on Division Street in Arlington from 1948 to 1986. They hope many of the buyers of these rare varieties of trees will come forward to have their trees documented for the project.

Hardworking members of the Friends of O.S. Gray Natural Area are Chairman Kevin Donovan, Bob Ressl, Nancy Dickson, Carrie Donovan, Joyce Duty, Jay Dickson, Bonnie Bowman, Paula Harbour, Glen McCoy and Lisa McCoy.

Contact the organization through email at friendsofosgray@gmail.com to report any of these pecan tree varieties you have confirmed or if you need assistance in identifying a tree on your property or other locations where these trees may be.

Tickets still available for Chernov concert

This just in about pianist Alexey Chernov, who will perform a concert in the intimate setting of the Arlington Woman’s Club on Sept. 13: The former Van Cliburn semifinalist won second place in the Alaska International Piano Competition on July 12.

Chernov, who stayed in the Arlington home of John and Peggy Pokrifcsak during the last Van Cliburn competition, began studying piano at age 4. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in 2008 and the Royal College of Music in London in 2011.

Ticket prices range from $60 to $135, and all seating is reserved. Platinum Plus tickets ($135) are on the front row and in special side seating. Platinum tickets ($125) are on rows two through five. These tickets include a Black and White Reception in the home of Dr. Gayle and Sharon Mullanax on the Friday evening before the show.

To purchase tickets, send an e-mail to office@awctx.org or call 817-277-7666.

What is your favorite Arlington business?

Everyone loves a contest, and the Citizen-Journal has a fun competition underway that anyone can participate in.

Anyone in the community will be able to vote in a slew of categories ranging from all types of restaurants and retail businesses to fitness centers, photography, doctors and even favorite elected official and best place to volunteer.

Please go online to ArlingtonCitizenJournal.com and click on the “Best of the Best” link. Then you can happily cast your vote for your favorite Arlington, Dalworthington Gardens or Pantego business.

Voting ends Aug. 10. A winner and runner-up will be chosen in each category and the results will be published in a special advertising section in the Citizen-Journal on Sept. 24.

Direct inquiries to Baker Haynes at bhaynes@star-telegram.com.

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