Between 1914 and 1918, the Tattnall Square Improvement Association planted nearly every mature tree that still stands today in Tattnall Square Park. By 2010, many of these trees were in decline. Working with a Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant, FOTSP Chair Andrew Silver worked with Arborist Derrick Catlett and then FOTSP Vice-Chair and Mercer Ecologist, Heather Bowman Cutway, to expand Tattnall Square’s collection of trees and turn the park into Macon’s only downtown arboretum.
After four years of planting, Tattnall Square Park today contains over 100 different cultivars and species of trees, most of them native to the Southeast. With a planting of over 300 trees in four years, FOTSP led the largest single planting in the park since 1914.