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Arbor Day 2016

Trees are such a big part of our lives that sometimes we tend not to notice them, to take them for granted. Then once a year on the last Friday in April, we see articles written and programs taking place to celebrate Arbor Day. The first official Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1874 in Nebraska. Soon other states passed legislation to Observe Arbor Day and it became a nationwide tradition by the year 1882. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day.

We are very fortunate to live in a community that recognizes the importance of trees to our quality of life. And so on Arbor Day 2016, the Westlake Garden Club planted an Ivory Silk Tree Lilac in the Reading Garden at Westlake Porter Public Library. This tree can grow to 25’, is low maintenance, fragrant and showy with creamy white blooms May to June and attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies. As this tree grows, our generation and future generations will enjoy its beauty and rest in its shade.

The Westlake Garden Club has been planting a tree in the City of Westlake every year on Arbor Day for over 40 years, but of course we cannot do it on our own. We would like to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for again donating this beautiful tree. Cahoon Nursery has been more than generous in donating a tree for many years for this celebration. I would also like to thank Stan Barnard, Arborist for the City of Westlake, for coordinating the tree and site selection. Thanks to Paul Quinn, Service Director, and his staff for their part in this ceremony (they dig the hole and plant the tree). We could not do it without them. And, a special thank you to Kathy Molner of the Westlake Garden Club for making all of the initial contacts for this year’s program. Kathy was the driving force behind the garden club making the Arbor Day Tree-Planting Celebration happen every year for over 40 years.

Interesting and Educational Programs



We strive to provide interesting, educational and enlightening programs for our members.  While the programs for 2016 are still being finalized, the following is an idea of what to expect for this year:

  • How to control the geese problem on and around your property
  • Cooking with Herbs
  • The Importance of Wildflowers in the Park System
  • Picnic and Plant Exchange
  • Mini Garden Tours
  • You Grew It - Now What do you do with it
  • We have a National Park in our Backyard

We attempt to get the best professionals in their fields for programs and often go to the Metro Parks, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Master Gardeners of Ohio, and other organizations for speakers.  The complete list of programs for this year will be completed by the end of February and will be listed on this site. 

Congratulations to the New Board for 2016

The Westlake Garden Club celebrated the holidays at Westwood Country Club with a delicious lunch and installed new officers for 2016.  Regina McCarthy, outgoing president, has served the club well and broken new ground for the club.  We anticipate the new president will continue the progress.  The newly elected officers are:  Marsha McEntee, President; Jean Smith, 1st Vice President; Shirley Lutts, 2nd Vice President; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Kathy Shimko and Brian Thompson, Recording Secretaries; Regina McCarthy, Corresponding Secretary.  Congratulations to all.  Emily Rose provided piano music for the luncheon and we had a holiday sing-along. 

The club does not meet in January and February; the first meeting of the new year will be on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Westlake Porter Library.  The program will be presented by Ohio Geese Control.

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