The Garden Club at Palm Coast’s Annual Arbor Day

The Garden Club participated in the City of Palm Coast’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 18th. The turnout was impressive: the free tree giveaway had a waiting line by 9:30am and all 300 trees were given out before 11am. The Club booth was manned by a dozen volunteers who provided interested visitors with information about plants, gardening in zone 9b as well as information about our Club activities.

Visitors enjoying the festivities

As is our custom for Arbor Day, we gave away free plants to anyone who made a Donation to our GC HS Scholarship Fund. This year, our thanks go out to Marinus Grootenboer and Edwina Tabit for supplying all the free plants and Amaryllis bulbs; we had a steady stream of Donors and ended the day with $205 to add to the Scholarship Fund.

Garden Club members who stopped by the Booth were also able to pick up their 2021-22 handbooks.

3 of our Garden Club volunteers pictured in the Palm Coast Observer’s coverage of Palm Coast’s Arbor Day 2021.

Thanks to the following members who helped with set-up, engaged with the public, and at the end of the day— dismantled the booth in the rain!

Geri Calvin
Leah Gibbs
Linda McAuliffe
Debra Isham
Jane Howells
Ellen Werner
Nancy Iandoli
Mazie Barton
Carol Walker
Tony Milidantri
Dee Cocchiola
Norma Rizzo Marie Fabozzi

Arbor Day Memorial Placque which is to be installed at Tree Planting Ceremony in May 2022. Our Ceremonies in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled, due to Covid-19. We plan to hold combined Memorials for 2019-21 next May if conditions allow for public gatherings.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathleen Fuss, Arbor day Chairperson

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