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Crawfordville Arbor Day Celebration

   Jan 12

Crawfordville Arbor Day Celebration

January 16th will bring the first festival of the new year – the annual Crawfordville Arbor Day celebration at Hudson Park.  Starting at 10am on Saturday, hundreds of free trees will be given away.  This year’s trees are even larger than in previous years.

Choices will include Florida sugar maple, fringe tree, redbud, southern magnolia, bald cypress, crabapple, rusty blackhaw, Walter viburnum, and Chickasaw plum. The Florida Division of Forestry will give away 1,000 bareroot pine seedlings – 500 longleaf pines and 500 slash pines.

If you want a free tree for your home or business but don’t know a maple from a magnolia, help will be available. Tree – giveaway volunteers are all experienced gardeners or Master Gardeners and will be able to answer questions and give advice.

Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win even larger trees donated by Purple Martin Nurseries.  A decorated rain barrel and a fresh vegetable basket will be raffled off as well.  If you have empty, black – plastic plant pots (6-inch diameter or larger), bring those, too.  You can trade them for chances to win a beautiful, large tree from Just Fruits & Exotics Nursery.

Trillium Gardens will again sell hard-to-find native shrubs and wildflowers.  The Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will raffle off a beautiful native azalea.  Wakulla County 4-H Junior Master Gardeners will sell rain barrels and birdseed treats.

The Wakulla County Extension Office will demonstrate micro-irrigation for home landscapes and gardens. They will also demonstrate ways home gardeners can extend the growing season by using high tunnel and row cover – and display a small greenhouse with instructions for how to build your own.

Artisans, craftsmen, and other vendors will be on hand selling their wares.  Pottery, wind chimes, and scented candles are among the items you’re likely to find  Bird lovers will be delighted by the handcrafted bird houses, bird feeders, and birdbaths available this year.

Seasonal produce grown by local farmers will be for sale.  The Iris Garden Club will sell baked goods to raise scholarship funds.  Bring a canvas bag to hold everything you will acquire.

Families will find delightful children’s activities, music, and food.  Smoky the Bear and free goodies for children at the Forestry booth are always a big hit.  Face painting, art activities, and old-fashioned tire swings also put smiles on children’s faces.

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 Wakulla County Commissioner Lynn Artz.  “Trees also provide food and shelter for wildlife and beautify our county,” added Jeannie Brodhead, President of the Iris Garden Club.

The Iris Garden Club of Wakulla organizes this annual festival.  The festival will be held rain or shine.  For more information, please contact Lynn Artz  (926-8756; lynn_artz@hotmail.com).


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