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.