What the heck happened to the beautiful blossoming Bradford pear trees outside Virginia Heights Baptist Church over the weekend? I’m not the only one who wants to know. It looks like Paul Bunyan took a giant buzz saw to the pretty little church plaza on Grandin Road at Memorial Avenue, next to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op.
Blossoming Bradfords are beautiful but the wood in the trees is absolute junk. A little bit of rain and wind and their branches will split and fall faster than the Hokies did against Baylor on Saturday.
That’s one of the reasons why the city chopped down the Bradfords in Grandin Village and replaced them with sturdier European hornbeams and Natchez crepe myrtles when it widened the sidewalks and narrowed the roadway back in 2004.
Update: Tuesday afternoon, Harris sent me an email but had no comment.