The first Honoring Arbor Day event hosted by the Village of Head of the Harbor was a success! Judy Ogden, Village Trustee and founder of Ogden’s Design and Plantings shared her extensive knowledge of native plants with preserve visitors as volunteers handed out American Witch Hazel and Eastern Redbud bare root tree saplings. As an artist, landscape designer and Master Gardener, Judy carefully put together this program in detail to teach others why planting natives is so important.
Our Nature Initiative volunteers did an awesome job communicating with the public about what we were doing, inviting them to watch Judy’s demonstration educating everyone on how to care for their tree (and how/when to properly transplant them), and making sure each tree sapling was wrapped and handed out with a fact sheet. We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather and spent the afternoon sending a positive message.
Preserve goers came to participate in the event, or stumbled across it as they walked along the boardwalk. They asked many questions about plant care, shared stories, and wanted to know where they could purchase more native plants. Our goal was to encourage the community to plant a native landscape in order to witness the ecological benefits they have to offer and to educate others.
The Village of Head of the Harbor is a Tree City USA and we are grateful they received the funds to donate native trees in recognition of Arbor Day.