GARDENING NEWS: Celebrate Arbor Day

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013


The North Augusta Council of Garden Clubs has long been an advocate of promoting good stewardship of natural resources. Our affiliated clubs – Carolina Hills, Palmetto and Terrace – each operate under the auspices of the South Carolina Garden Club’s mission to promote all aspects of gardening through conservation and environmental protection.

As garden club members, we accomplish this through the careful selection of trees, shrubs and other plants in our home landscapes and gardens, and as we plan our garden clubs community projects.

The Council’s recent search to identify landmark trees and camellias has generated several responses from our readers. Keep them coming. We are grateful for your interest and involvement. Plans are underway to visit the identified locations and meet with the property owners in the near future.

The first Arbor Day took place in 1872 in Nebraska, begun by Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902). He believed that Americans needed a day that focused on planting and preserving trees. South Carolina celebrates Arbor Day each year on Dec. 6. It gives citizens yet another opportunity to take stock of the trees on our property or in our neighborhoods. It is a good time to inspect trees, look for problem branches or evidence of disease. And, of course, plant a tree. At this time of year, you and your family may want to consider a live Christmas tree that can be planted in your landscape following the holidays, creating lasting family memories.

There are two events scheduled in North Augusta on Arbor Day that are open to the public. This Friday, at 10 a.m., there will be a tree planting in Calhoun Park located on the corner of Jackson and Carolina, a cooperative effort between the City of North Augusta and the Carolina Hills Garden Club.

A Chinese pistache tree will be planted following a short ceremony. The Chinese pistache is a medium to large deciduous hardwood tree with impressive fall colors of scarlet, crimson, orange and yellow.

Later on Friday, at 2 p.m., the City of North Augusta is hosting a short program and tree planting in Boeckh Park at Hammond’s Ferry. A 13-foot mystic ice deodar cedar will be planted.

This cedar is drought tolerant and is known for its dense branches that form a 90-degree angle with its trunk, and its blue-gray colored needles.

Join us at one or both of these celebrations in recognition of Arbor Day. For more information, call 803-645-265.

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