Melbourne Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Seedling Give-Away Today at Lipscomb Park
By Space Coast Daily // January 20, 2017
GIVE AWAY first-come, first-served basis
ABOVE VIDEO: Since the early 1900s, support for National Arbor Day has all but vanished. Now more than ever, our world needs trees.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne will host its Annual Arbor Day celebration, today Jan. 20. at 10:15 a.m. at Lipscomb Park in Melbourne.
This year also marks the 28th year that the city has earned the “Tree City USA” certification from the Arbor Day Foundation.`
A variety of tree seedlings will be handed out for free and are on a first-come, first-served basis, including American Sweetgum, Live Oak, Southern Magnolia, Green Ash, Bald Cypress, and Flatwoods Plum.
A new tree planting ceremony will also take place as Stone Middle School and University Park Elementary School students join with Melbourne City Council members and members of the Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee to plant new trees in Lipscomb Park (Live Oak, Southern Magnolia and Red Cedar).
ABOVE MMAP: Lipscomb Park in Melbourne.
Carol Hebert, President of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Conradina Chapter, will speak about Florida Native Trees.
In addition to helping plant trees at Lipscomb Park, the students from University Park Elementary School and Stone Middle School will spend the day learning about plants and nature.
After the Arbor Day ceremony celebration, they will learn how to make bird feeders at Lipscomb Community Center.
The University Park Elementary Students will also visit Florida Institute of Technology, where they will go on a private guided tour of the school’s botanical garden.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Sally tries to explain what Arbor Day is–from the 1976 children’s classic TV special, “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown”.