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Planning Ahead: Arbor Day Celebrations

GRPA training attendees planted this Deodar cedar on the UGA Griffin campus in 2017.

Arbor Day is celebrated in Georgia on February 21, 2020. It’s a great time to talk to people in our communities about the importance of trees, how we should care for them, and perhaps even plant a few!

Events and activities that would be great at showcasing tree planting include:

  • Lunch-n-Learn — Include a tree presentation in your monthly lecture series. Discuss the environmental, economic, and community benefits of trees and share tree choices suitable for home landscapes. Use your email distribution lists, websites, and social media outlets to share the date, time, and location.
  • Community Festival Exhibit — Reserve booth space at your community’s Arbor Day festivities. Use your UGA Master Gardener table drapes to promote your identity. Create display boards that present tree planting techniques and tree choices. Have plenty of UGA publications on hand for folks to take home (as well as a brochure for the MGEV program!).
  • Educational Tour — Plan a tour of your educational demonstration garden to highlight all kinds of trees. For more tips on planning a tour, check out this previous Trellis post. Promote the tour in local newspaper columns, on websites, and social media.
  • Workshop/Demonstration — Consider planting a tree during a hands-on workshop. Maybe you have a tree installation planned for your demonstration garden this year. A workshop offers a great time to get that done with lots of hands! It also can boost participants’ confidence when they see a tree being planted.

Looking for helpful information to share about tree planting? Bulletin 932, Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape, has great advice for planting trees. Another UGA publication, Landscape Plants for Georgia, contains lists of recommended plants, including small and large trees.

 

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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.