Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Arbor Day recognized at Georgeson Botanical Garden

Fairbanks has been abuzz over Arbor Day, and it hasn't been celebrated in just one day. For about three weeks, students and volunteers are planting trees in school yards, parks and at Creamer's Field. The events are hosted by the Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee.

Monday found tree lovers planting a Scotch Pine at the Georgeson Botanical Garden. The tree was purchased by Patricia Joyner and planted by Kimberley Maher, Naomi O'Neal, Jim Smith and Katie DiCristina in honor of the recently retired Grant Matheke, a 35-year employee of the garden. The garden is a program of the School of Natural Resources and Extension and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Kimberley Maher observes as Naomi O'Neal and Jim Smith plant a Scotch pine at the Georgeson Botanical Garden on Alaska Arbor Day May 19.
There will be another planting Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fairbanks Senior Center, 1424 Moore St. To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation in Alaska, visit here.

Further reading:
A new beginning to an old tradition takes root at Creamer's Field, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, May 20, 2014, by Tim Mowry

Fairbanks students plant trees for the planet, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, May 18, 2014, by Robin Wood

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