Arbor Day in Waveland
By Cassandra Favre
Feb 14, 2014, 20:08
Officials gathered in Waveland on Friday to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day. Each year the Bay-Waveland Garden Club plants a tree in either Waveland or Bay St. Louis. This year it was in Waveland at the Business Incubator on Coleman Avenue. Mayor David Garcia, Mary Frost, Jim Heitzel – a Compton Engineering arborist, Pat Robinson and Marilyn Schultz stand beside the newly planted native river birch.
Members of the Bay-Waveland Garden Club, Keep Waveland Beautiful Committee and the Mississippi Forestry Commission met in Waveland on Friday to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day.
"Each year the Bay-Waveland Garden Club plants a tree on Arbor Day," Garden Club President Christina Richardson said. "Last year, we planted one in Bay St. Louis and this year we chose a spot in Waveland."
The Native River Birch tree was planted at the Business Incubator on Coleman Avenue.
"The tree was bought at Pine Hills on Cuevas Road in Pass Christian," Arbor Day Committee member Pat Robinson said. "Mary Frost did a great job helping me out.
"This is a great spot for the tree to grow, it gets the majority of the sunlight making it easier to manage. This tree will do well in sandy soil and likes the water."
About 500 trees were also given away at the event – "The Mississippi Urban Forest Council and Mississippi Forestry Commission donated these trees," Waveland's Ward One Alderman LiLi Stahler said. "There were 200 live oak, 100 sycamore, 100 river birch and 100 ash.
"Today is Arbor Day and we are trying to replace the hundreds of trees lost in Hurricane Katrina in the urban landscape."
"Any time we can do any landscaping to beautify the city is a great thing," Waveland Mayor David Garcia said. "I want to thank the Bay-Waveland Garden Club, Keep Waveland Beautiful Committee and all the other volunteers.
"It takes a lot of people to do these projects, I appreciate all they do."