The Wellington Garden Club held its annual tree planting on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wellington Environmental Preserve.
The club was happy to move forward with its annual tree planting after the 2020 planting was canceled due to COVID-19. This community-wide event is a partnership between the Wellington Garden Club and the Village of Wellington.
Event Chair Kathy Siena said that almost 1,000 native South Florida slash pine seedlings were planted in pre-dug holes by approximately 125 volunteers. The seedlings and pre-dug holes at the Wellington Environmental Preserve were prepared in advance by Wellington Landscape Superintendent Will Gurney.
Wellington Village Manager Jim Barnes and members of the Wellington Village Council joined in for the tree planting. Other volunteers included Wellington Garden Club members and friends, local scout troops, high school students and many other community members.
This special event was held on National Public Lands Day, which was established in 1994 and is celebrated annually at various public lands across the United States to promote earth stewardship and volunteer conservation of beautiful public lands.
The Wellington Garden Club thanks the Village of Wellington for its ongoing support of the event, which continues to beautify the village and help fulfill the National Garden Club initiative “Plant America-Plant Trees” and the “Million Tree” initiative, which is committed to increasing the urban forest by planting trees.
To learn more about the Wellington Garden Club, visit www.wellingtongardenclub.org.
PHOTOS BY ERIN DAVISSON