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Celebrations of Trees

Forest Fest April 17-19, 2015

Every year Audubon Park celebrate its trees, especially its Dogwood Trees.

In recent years, the tradition of lighting the Dogwoods in Henderson Park, where there are approximately 30 native dogwoods, fell into abeyance, through budget constraints and changes in priorities.  The newly formed Parks and Recreation Committee, together with the Forest Board, worked hard to restore the electrical lighting system.   In the nick of time, they got the necessary inspections, and for the first time in several years, the Dogwoods were lit in April.  

And it was a spectacular year to resume the lighting tradition, with wonderful bloom!  
     The Forest Fest celebration attracted several hundred people to the opening even in Henderson Park on April 17, 2015.  In addition, two trees were planted for Arbor Day.  A pink dogwood was planted in Henderson Park to demonstrate how to plant and to augment the dogwoods in Henderson.  A Katsura tree was planted in Oriole Park on Saturday, April 18, to honor the memory of Ethelyn Maxwell, with members of her family attending. Ethelyn Maxwell was a long time resident and Garden Club and Forest Board member, devoted to the trees and birds of Audubon Park.  She knew every tree in the park by name and nurtured them carefully.

If you missed Forest Fest this year, be sure to plan on next year, the third weekend of April,  for the best celebration of Arbor Day in the City. 

Forest Fest April 2015 Arbor Day