Melbourne’s Arbor Day Event Offers Free Tree Seedlings
By Space Coast Daily // January 16, 2013
Public Invited To Jan. 18 Celebration
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An old Chinese proverb relates that “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”
The public is invited to join Melbourne’s Arbor Day celebration, planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Wells Park.
The park is just west of the Melbourne Auditorium at 625 Hibiscus Blvd. in Melbourne.
Tree seedlings will be be distributed for free to those in attendance.
Steve Graham, Melbourne’s City’s Parks Administrator, said the event to promote urban forestry will include distribution of sweetbay magnolia, live oak, pignut hickory and dahoon holly seedlings, plants that are popular as additions at home and business locations.
During the event, Melbourne mayor Kathy Meehan will read a proclamation declaring Melbourne’s Arbor Day and four ceremonial trees will be planted.
The observance is organized by the city’s Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee and is part of a program that allows Melbourne to qualify as a “Tree City USA,” a designation that the city has received from the National Arbor Day Foundation for 23 consecutive years.