Baton Rouge Green celebrates Arbor Day with tree-planting at main library

Baton Rouge Green celebrates arbor day with tree-planting at main library

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard now has a pop of color outside thanks to Baton Rouge Green.

The organization planted 16 camellia shrubs in front of the facility to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, Jan. 10.

The month of January is the prime tree-planting season for Louisiana’s climate, and Friday’s tree-planting event is the first of three to observe the day.

“Today, we’re going to be doing a series of camellias,” Baton Rouge Green Program Specialist Christopher Cooper said. “On Monday, we’re going to be doing Arlington Prep Academy planting over a dozen fruit trees with their students there and then on Wednesday, we’re going to be at the C. B. Pennington Jr. YMCA planting a couple of dozen native trees to help make their landscape a little bit more dynamic.”

Visit the Baton Rouge Green website to learn how you can volunteer with the organization.

The organization has the following Arbor Day event planned:

Wednesday, Jan. 15 - 1 p.m.

  • Flood recovery planting at CB Pennington YMCA. This location lost most of its parking lot trees in the aftermath of the 2016 flood, so BRG is helping restore shade and improve stormwater resilience at their facility. BRG and volunteers will be installing eight American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), eight Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine), two Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum), and one Basket Oak (Quercus michauxii). Volunteers are welcome. Contact Chris@batonrougegreen.com if interested.

Friday, Jan. 17 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Baton Rouge Green will celebrate 2020 Louisiana Arbor Day with a luncheon sponsored by Annette Barton & Malcom Tucker, Claire & Richard Manship, Citizens Bank & Trust, and LSU at LSU’s Rural Life Museum at Burden Museum & Gardens. Keynote speaker, Dr. Ed Gilman, worked and taught at the University of Florida for over 30 years, publishing over 120 scientific papers before retiring in 2016. Gilman did extensive research into the use of proper training and pruning to help reduce the damage to mature trees in severe wind events, like hurricanes, and has traveled the world speaking and training on the subject. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will present the Arbor Day Proclamation. Lunch will be catered by Heirloom Cuisine. Advance reservations for the Arbor Day Luncheon are required. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available from the Baton Rouge Green office at 225-381-0037. Individual tickets are $75 each. Table sponsorships are $800 and include eight seats.

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