Wellington Garden Club volunteers Kathy Siena and Lisa Ferrano organized and planned the fourth annual tree planting community event, which took place Saturday, Sept. 30 on National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
More than 65 volunteers from the Wellington Garden Club, local scout groups, Palm Beach Central High School and Wellington High School planted 750 native Florida slash pine seedlings and about 100 native cardinal shrubs in the Wellington Environmental Preserve off Flying Cow Road. Wellington Councilwoman Tanya Siskind also joined in on the volunteer efforts.
Wellington Landscape/Forestry Operations Supervisor Brian Hopper and his staff gave tremendous support by preparing the seedlings that were planted and pre-drilling holes where the seedlings were placed. Thunderstorms held off for the morning, and there was plenty of sunshine and cold water to go around, as the volunteers moved along the pathway and through the grounds planting the trees.
The club thanks all the volunteers who came out to help on this important, nationally recognized day, helping the environment by being good earth stewards. The club looks forward to hosting another planting event next September.