Tree giveway among Arbor Day events on Friday


Children learn about native trees at the Crestview McMahon Environmental Center from Florida Forest Service Senior Forester Maria Wilson and the center’s founder, retired forester James McMahon. Wilson will distribute free native saplings during Friday’s Arbor Day observance.

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Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 03:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Area green thumbs will celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day Friday morning with a tree giveaway and tree planting at the University of Florida/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension location on Airport Road.

The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Choctawhatchee Bay chapter donated a $200 winged elm tree to be planted during Friday’s events. The tree can grow as high as 40 feet, Okaloosa County Master Gardener Sandie Olsen said.

“Its seeds are a great bird attractor,” Olsen said. “And it’s not susceptible to Dutch elm disease.”

The Dogwood Garden Club of Crestview likewise donated a tree, also to be planted during Friday’s events.

“They (county Master Gardeners) have a landscape master plan and this will be part of it,” Dogwood member Celia Broadhead said.

County Extension officials, Master Gardeners and state forestry officials will offer advice on tree planting in the north county region, including a planting demonstration by County Extension commercial horticulture agent Sheila Dunning. Maria Wilson, the Florida Forest Service’s senior forester, will distribute free mayhaw, red maple, cherry bark oak and yellow poplar saplings.

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