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The City of St. Augustine commemorated Arbor Day on Friday January 20 in the community garden area of the Willie Galimore Recreation Center located at 399 South Riberia Street. The brief ceremony was open to the public.
The ceremony included the planting of a tree by city officials, presentations by the city’s Street Tree Advisory Committee, and musical selections from students of Ketterlinus Elementary School. And, as is also a standing tradition, the ceremony concluded with Smokey Bear assisting in the distribution of a variety of saplings including Southern Red Cedar, Live Oak, Sycamore and Red Maple. The trees to be planted included Live Oak and Southern Red Cedar.
This year’s ceremony marked the 29th year the city has received the prized designation of Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. There are 160 cities in the State of Florida which have received the designation of Tree City USA, but only 10 have received the designation longer than St. Augustine. In addition, the Foundation presented the city with the Tree City USA Growth Award, an honor it has received every year since 1991.
While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual states hold ceremonies on dates better suited to their own tree-planting season. Florida’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. This year that is January 20.
The site for the annual Arbor Day ceremony and the type of tree planted changes from year to year. Over the last decade, ceremonies have included planting Holly, Live Oak, Red Maple and Sycamore trees at Sebastian Inland Harbor, Francis Field, Joseph Pomar, Jr. Recreational Facility, Eddie Vickers Recreational Facility, Government House, J. Edward “Red” Cox Recreational Facility, the Plaza de la Constitución, Davenport Park and the Fullerwood neighborhood. During the 28 years of Arbor Day ceremonies, over 75 trees have been planted as part of the city's annual Arbor Day ceremony.
Following is a list of all the locations, type and number of trees planted over the City of St. Augustine's 28 years of Arbor Day ceremonies.
1984: Parque de Menendez (front of City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
1985: Parque de Menendez (front of City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
1986: Visitor Information Center, Dogwood (1)
1987: Oglethorpe Park, Davis Shores, Live Oak (3)
1988: Willie Galimore Community Center, Constitutional Bicentennial Oak (1)
1989: Warden Park (on Lake Maria Sanchez), Golden Rain Tree (3)
1990: Municipal Water Plant, West King Street, Live Oak (1)
1991: Oglethorpe Park, Davis Shores, Live Oak (3)
1992: Twine Park, Lincolnville, Live Oak (1)
1993: Visitor Information Center, Red Maple (3)
1994: Police Administration Building, King Street, East Palatka Holly (2)
1995: Flagler and Oglethorpe Boulevards, Southern Red Cedar (1)
1996: Lightner Courtyard, City Hall, Amber Sweet Orange (2)
1997: Sebastian Inland Harbor, East Palatka Holly (1)
1998: Francis Field, Sycamore (16)
1999: Joseph Pomar, Jr. Park, Live Oak (1)
2000: Eddie Vickers Park, Red Maple (3)
2001: Francis Field, Live Oak (1)
2002: Government House West Garden, Live Oak (1)
2003: Plaza de la Constitución Live Oak (1)
2004: J. Edward “Red” Cox Park, Live Oak (1)
2005: Plaza de la Constitución, Live Oak (1)
2006: Parque de Menendez (front of City Hall), East Palatka Holly (2)
2007: Francis Field, Live Oak (10)
2008: Davenport Park, Live Oak (2)
2009: Fullerwood Neighborhood, Little Gem Magnolia (1)
2010: Francis Field, Live Oak (6)
2011: Eddie Vickers Park/Lincolnville Community Garden, Live Oak (4)
To learn more about St. Augustine's urban forest policies and the work of the Street Tree Advisory Committee, click here.
If planning your own Arbor Day activities for a club or organization, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation for many ideas and helpful resources.