Arbor Day 2015 was a fabulous day! First, preschoolers met in the butterfly garden at the library and learned “All About Trees” from Steve Pearson, director of the UM Arboretum. Then, under a tent in an area across the street, the program opened with presentation of the colors by the US southern Command Color Guard and singing of the National Anthem by a high school student. Middle and high school students, 21 garden members, city officials, guests, and the press heard speeches and awards and enjoyed refreshments. The table centerpieces and the homemade cookies were provided by our garden club.
Funds for the two trees and a plaque under one tree were donated by the garden club. A Poinciana tree was dedicated to Kathy Gaubatz, our “tree lady” and a plaque in her memory was unveiled. A black ironwood tree was planted and dedicated to members of our club—Fran Stokes, Elise Kniskern, Joan Witty and Pat Sullivan Jones—who also died during the the past club year. A memorable day in our 90th year. Special thanks to Judy Mangasarian, our Arbor Day.