By Marion McParland
The Delaware Center for Horticulture, one of our lead partners in the Plant One Million campaign, celebrated Arbor Day with an event and tree planting at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School in Wilmington on Tuesday, April 29. In attendance at this year’s event were representatives of the Wilmington Department of Public Works, the Delaware Forest Service, the office of the City of Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, and a few raindrops.
The focus this year was the environmental value of trees. Activities included information about tree climbing careers and safety with Kerns Brothers Tree Service, educational sessions with Ashley Peebles of Delaware Forest Service; and a proclamation by Claude McCrea, director, Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation. Urban Forest Administrator with the Wilmington Department of Public Works, Mandy Tolino, planted a tree at St. Anthony’s with the students.
The Delaware Center for Horticulture strives to encourage environmental stewardship among Wilmington’s youth. PHS is pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s TreePhilly program, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and the DCNR TreeVitalize program to plant trees to help achieve our collective vision of a greener and healthier region. Click here to visit the Plant One Million website.