The annual Arbor Day event was co-hosted by the Coral Gables Garden Club and the City of Coral Gables Landscape Beautification Advisory Board. Attending dignitaries from the City were: Mayor Jim Cason, and Commissioners Vince Lago and Pat Keon. The presentation of the colors was by the U.S. Marine Corps, and Pledge of Allegiance was led by Victoria Brieant, Leader of Boy Scout Troup # 7 (which was recognized for its 90 years in Coral Gables). The Gulliver Academy Middle School Team “Go Green” presented the program. Mayor Cason read the official proclamation announcing Coral Gables’ Tree City USA Designation for the 29th year.
Coral Gables Garden Club President Sharon Trobovich welcomed everyone, and gave a history of Arbor Day, nationally, and in our community. Prior to the ceremony, Garden Club member Kathy Gaubatz explained to the kindergarten class from The Growing Place how trees grow, and their importance to the environment.
Also, five Coral Gables homeowners were presented awards from the LBAB for their beautifully landscaped homes.
The Public Works Department placed two trees: a live oak (Quercus virginiana), and a lovely, flowering “pink shower” tree (Cassia bakeriana). The honored guests and children were invited to take a spade and shovel dirt onto the newly planted trees.
The event culminated in a picnic lunch provided by the City, with homemade cookies from Garden Club members. It was a beautiful breezy day enjoyed by all.
Below: Garden Club members at Coral Bay Park, 1591 Campamento Avenue, Coral Gables, on April 11, 2014.