Groups coming together at Hunter Park to celebrate Arbor Day

Liz Marino/Douglas County Sentinel

Find out how to protect your trees from pesky insect infestation at an Arbor Day Celebration Thursday, Feb. 15 from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Ike Owings Building at Hunter Park. There will be vendors and demonstrations during the afternoon and a beginner bonsai class at noon. The event is being sponsored by Keep Douglasville Beautiful, the Douglas County UGA Extension Service and West Georgia Green Association. Pictured are two harmful insects that could attack your trees, Chan Weeks, executive director of KDB and Kevin Livingston, Douglas County UGA Agriculture and Natural Resources agent.

Trees -- selecting the right tree, root therapy for trees and many other topics celebrating the benefits and beauty of trees -- will be the focus of an Arbor Day event Thursday in the Ike Owings Building at Hunter Park.

Keep Douglasville Beautiful, the Douglas County UGA Extension Service and West Georgia Green Association is hosting an Arbor Day Celebration tomorrow from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Arbor Day in Georgia is celebrated on the third Thursday in February. In the United States, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Each state celebrates its own Arbor Day according to the best planting time.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska.

"We celebrate Arbor Day to remind ourselves that trees improve our health, happinessand overall well-being. From absorbing harmful air pollutants to creating a beauty in our community, the value of trees is enormous," said Chan Weeks, executive director of Keep Douglasville Beautiful.

A beginner bonsai class will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. There is a $30 registration fee, which includes a Bonsai starter kits, tools and light lunch. It is limited to 25 participants, but a few spots are still available. Registration is available online or at the door if space allows.

"Selecting Trees with a Purpose" will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Douglas County UGA Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent Kevin Livingston will help participants learn how to select a proper tree whether for creating a barrier, providing shade, attracting wildlife or just make a home's landscape more aesthetically pleasing.

A tree root injection therapy demonstration will be held by Alternative Environments from 3:15 to 4 p.m. at the Douglasville Military Honor Garden inside Hunter Park. The demonstration will explain how root injection therapy will reduce the stress on trees and stimulate the deep roots for new growth.

Additional presentations and vendor booths will be provided in the afternoon.

The Arbor Day event will feature booths from Keep Douglasville Beautiful, "Ask a Master Gardener," a woodcraft demonstration of wood-turning on a lathe, West Georgia Green Association and others. Arborists will be available to talk with visitors as well.

The West Georgia Green Association will hold a meeting and presentation at 5:30 p.m. A dinner will be held with a cost of $20 at the door, but the presentation at 7 p.m. is at no charge.

The topic is on accessing and managing storm damaged trees, led by Joe Burgess, certified arborist and senior forester with the Georgia Forest Commission.

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