Arbor Day Celebration
Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, will be hosting an Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, located at 4111 University. The celebration will recognize Arbor Day, Lubbock’s eleventh Tree City USA designation, and this past year’s Tree Memorials planted in City parks. Guests will include City Council members, Texas Forest Service staff, Lubbock Memorial Arboretum board members, and members of Keep Lubbock Beautiful. In honor of Arbor Day, Arboretum members will handout 50 tree seedlings donated to the event by the Texas Forest Service. The seedlings will be handed out at the completion of the ceremony.
For the eleventh year, Lubbock has met the criteria and been named a Tree City USA for 2013. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Lubbock has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA, which are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance. To qualify for this distinction, the City of Lubbock and its community partners must spend annually at least $2 per capita on trees and tree maintenance.
Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale
In conjunction with the Arbor Day Ceremony, the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum will be hosting their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Arboretum, 4111 University. The Arboretum will be offering some of your favorite perennials, herbs, annuals, native grasses and vegetables for your spring garden, as well as, drought tolerant perennials such as Gaillardia, Salvia, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Lantana, Sedum, and Russian Sage. Seasoned gardeners and horticulturists from TTU will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. All proceeds benefit the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, a non-profit foundation that maintains the Arboretum in Clapp Park and whose mission is to educate the community about trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. For more information, call the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 806-797-4520.