Thoughts & Well Wishes

Suzanne Holden | Jun 30, 2020
Hi, Tom,  Hope all is going well and smoothly for you, as the summer heat begins for all of us in Texas! I saw the latest photo of you with all of your beautiful silver hair. Fantastic! 
Just thought I would share with you three of my crinum lilies that have bloomed so far at my Fort Worth home this year. I get mine from the Southern Bulb Company, right here within the state. Such nice people! Since one of my main inspirations for native plants and such has been Central Texas Gardener for years now, I want you to keep in mind how many people you have reached. I started being inspired by the Antique Rose Emporium years ago, and over thirty old roses later, have gone onto to native and similar plants, and heirloom bulbs. You have had a large part in encouraging this semi reluctant gardener to appreciate and love the natives and the heirlooms available these days. Thank you so much for that! I do hope you continue to heal and be happy, even in our strange world these days. We all love our gardens and plants even more during these challenging times. Sending you a bunch of positive energy!
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Suzanne Holden | Jun 30, 2020
Hi, Tom,  Hope all is going well and smoothly for you, as the summer heat begins for all of us in Texas! I saw the latest photo of you with all of your beautiful silver hair. Fantastic! 
Just thought I would share with you three of my crinum lilies that have bloomed so far at my Fort Worth home this year. I get mine from the Southern Bulb Company, right here within the state. Such nice people! Since one of my main inspirations for native plants and such has been Central Texas Gardener for years now, I want you to keep in mind how many people you have reached. I started being inspired by the Antique Rose Emporium years ago, and over thirty old roses later, have gone onto to native and similar plants, and heirloom bulbs. You have had a large part in encouraging this semi reluctant gardener to appreciate and love the natives and the heirlooms available these days. Thank you so much for that! I do hope you continue to heal and be happy, even in our strange world these days. We all love our gardens and plants even more during these challenging times. Sending you a bunch of positive energy!
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Diana Hoffman | Jun 18, 2020

Plant Trees, Plant Hope 


The Tom Spencer Million Trees for Austin Fund was established by TreeFolks to honor Tom Spencer and his bold vision of planting another million trees in our community. Tom has inspired us to pursue this goal, and we invite others to join the campaign and, in Tom’s own words, “Plant trees, plant hope.” 


Why Trees? 


Trees clean our air, produce oxygen, and sequester carbon while their fallen leaves replenish our soils. 


Trees can mitigate floods, prevent erosion, and clean pollutants from waterways. 


Trees shade our neighborhoods, generating energy savings while making our homes more comfortable. 


Many in the Austin area know Tom Spencer as a tireless and effective leader in the nonprofit sector and a recognizable spokesperson for our environment, including native plants and trees. As Executive Director of TreeFolks, Tom championed our mission to build stronger communities by planting and caring for trees. Although only employed at the organization for a short time before suffering a debilitating stroke, he had a profound impact on our lives and our work. These millions of trees will stand as part of Tom’s legacy, to be celebrated now and by generations to come. 


www.treefolks.org/tom-spencer-million-trees provide Trees nourishment for humans wildlife. 


produce shelter and for food 


and 


through lives, parks, Trees our our and cities passage enrich beautify the brighten and 


years. 


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About Tom 


Use of Funds: 


Contributions received as part of the Tom Spencer Fund will cover operating costs of TreeFolks that are directly related to the attainment of the Million Tree goal. Our programs, including urban forest expansion, large-scale reforestation projects, and educational initiatives, are united under the Million Trees effort. 


This is a collaborative, regional effort that will: Rally our many businesses, government, nonprofit, and individual partners around a shared goal in Central Texas — planting a million trees or more, for our planet and for our communities. Advance the nation’s first large-scale pilot project using local tree planting to generate carbon offset credits. Enhance Austin’s urban tree canopy through the expansion of TreeFolks’ on-going tree planting and tree adoption programs. Support an extensive tree planting and tree care public information campaign directed at select audiences and the general public. Enable large-scale planting efforts that will restore native woodlands along highly degraded streams that flow through the Blackland Prairies and are tributaries of the Colorado River in Eastern Travis County and Bastrop County. Build additional organizational capacity for TreeFolks and our partners by providing the infrastructure and equipment needed to accomplish this goal. Establish the groundwork for multi-year funding to expand this million-tree effort by initiating new partnerships with public entities to utilize reforestation as a nature-based solution to flooding. 


For information about making an annual gift, stock donation, or charter contribution, please call: 


Andrew W. Smiley, TreeFolks Executive Director - 512-413-7774 or visit https://www.treefolks.org/tom-spencer-million-trees/ 


The Tom Spencer Million Trees for Austin Fund is managed through the Austin Community Foundation. Clicking the donation link will direct you to the fund portal on the ACF website.

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Ann Nava | May 16, 2020
Hi Tom, hope you are well and staying safe. I hope you got the seed packet of Italian Basil so maybe a friend can make pesto for you! I have a beautiful bloom to share - my most exotic bloom in the garden - Billbergia pyrimadalus? I’m awaiting an ID from a specialist. My garden club friend gave me a start in 2006 and now I have two huge containers, she got it in South America on a business trip with her husband in the 70s or 80s. I feel fortunate to have it.
Hang in there with your therapies, it can seem like a long road but you’ll get there with persistence and that other P word, patience. 
Best wishes, Tom!
Ann Nava
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