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Arbor Day Celebration

January 17, 2015

Saturday, Jan. 17 will mark the 11th annual Crawfordville Arbor Day celebration – and tree giveaway – at Hudson Park. Starting at 10am, more than a thousand trees will be given away for free. The young trees are all pot-grown and most are several feet tall.
Festival goers may choose from among the following trees (100 of each available): redbud, tulip poplar, bald cypress, parsley haw, rusty blackhaw, and arrowwood.
Smaller quantities of the following trees also will be offered: American plum, Chickasaw plum American snowbell, mockernut hickory, bluff oak, post oak, southern red oak, shumard oak, myrtle oak, basswood, and chinquapins. In addition, the Florida Forest Service will give away 500 Longleaf pine seedlings grown in tubes for better survival.
Every person who attends may take home one free tree in a pot plus several Longleaf pines. After 12 noon, any number of the remaining trees may be obtained for a requested donation of $4 per tree.
If you want a free tree for your yard but don’t know what tree would be best, help will be available. Tree-giveaway volunteers are all experienced gardeners or Master Gardeners and will be able to answer questions and give advice.
Don’t forget to bring your empty, black-plastic plant pots (6-inch diameter or larger). Pots must be in good condition and reusable. You can trade them for chances to win a beautiful large tree from Just Fruits & Exotics Nursery.
Families will find delightful music, food, and exhibits. The Iris Garden Club will sell baked goods to raise scholarship funds. Artisans, craftsmen, and other vendors will be selling their wares.
Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. “Trees provide welcome shade in hot weather and reduce electricity bills,” said Lynn Artz. “Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife and beautify our county,” added Jeannie Brodhead.
The Iris Garden Club of Wakulla organizes this annual event. The festival will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact Lynn Artz (850-320-2158; lynn_artz@hotmail.com).


January 17, 2015
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