Celebrate Arbor Day at Boerner Botanical Gardens

April 22, 2013

Celebrate Arbor Day at Boerner Botanical GardensGet a tree for free and help make the world a more beautiful place

Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI, welcomes visitors to celebrate Arbor Day with 3rd grade students from Longfellow Elementary School and local dignitaries on Friday, April 26, 2013, 10 a.m.–noon.  Over 135 years ago, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day, now celebrated internationally, with the simple idea of setting aside a special day for planting trees.

Longfellow Elementary School students will take part in tree-focused activities. A Northern Glow maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum x palmatum) developed by Dr. Ed Hasselkus, a retired UW-Madison professor, will be planted along with two other trees during the tree planting ceremony. Peggy Gibbs-Zautke, BBG horticulturist, will lead a historical tree walk through the gardens.

Oak saplings, donated by Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project in partnership with Milwaukee’s Argosy Foundation, will be available to visitors for free, while supplies last.

The schedule of events is as follows: 10:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction; 10:15 a.m. Tree Planting Ceremony, 10:45 a.m. “Trees and Me Program” with students, and 11 a.m.–noon “Trees through Time” walk led by Peggy Gibbs-Zautke.

Boerner Botanical Gardens is part of the 1,000-acre arboretum envisioned by Alfred L. Boerner. The arboretum runs through the Gardens, Whitnall Park and the adjoining Root River Parkway. Trees are labeled and mapped so observers can learn to identify trees by their names and characteristics.

For more information go to countyparks.com, boernerbotanicalgardens.org or call Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5601.