The Block Island Times

Arbor Day Celebration

This year’s celebration is April 26
Apr 23, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis Kindergartners stand with Block island gardeners at last year’s Arbor Day celebration in front the Block Island School. This year’s celebration takes place on April 26.

The Block Island Gardeners will help celebrate Arbor Day with the students in the Block Island School’s primary grades on Friday, April 26. Arbor Day is nationally celebrated on the last Friday in April. The Gardeners have been promoting Arbor Day with the students for 17 years by providing a seedling or transplant of a tree or shrub to each student. It is hoped that caring for this plant will instill an interest in culturing trees and shrubs.

This year the selection is a Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). The outstanding characteristic of this shrub is its long, crinkled leaves. It is semievergreen and has red or black fruits in the fall. An information sheet accompanies each plant that gives directions on planting and caring for the plant along with a stake to mark and protect the plant from mowing. Over the years the Gardeners have distributed approximately 1,700 plants to the students. Past selections have included: Colorado Blue Spruce, Larch, Red Maple, Flowering Crabtree, Magnolia, Beach Plum, Lilac.

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