This morning, the City of Palm Beach Gardens partnered with the Palm Beach Gardens Woman’s Club to celebrate Arbor Day at Lake Catherine Park.
Marking the City’s 30th Tree City USA recognition, today’s ceremony began with Sandy Schneider, Conservation Chair of the Palm Beach Gardens Woman’s Club, who shared that today would be the 18th year the generous group donated a tree to Lake Catherine Park.
Vice Mayor Eric Jablin presented the official Arbor Day Proclamation to the approximately 50 guests, reminding those in attendance of the many benefits of trees. Not only do they produce clean oxygen and beautify our community, but they also increase property values and serve as a source of spiritual renewal. The existence of trees, however, doesn’t only affect us in the present.
“We urge all citizens to protect our trees and woodlands for future generations to come,” stated Vice Mayor Jablin.
City Forester Mark Hendrickson expressed his pride in the day’s event. He shared that this year’s planting addition to the park is appropriately named the “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” tree, representing all generations present for the ceremony, including the children from Riverside Youth Enrichment Center. The tree will be on the small side, projected to sprout upwards of about 10 feet.
What the tree may lack in height in no way hinders its charm. According to Hendrickson, this tree is unique due to its morphing colors, which are symbolic in nature. The flowers begin as dark purple blooms, representing "yesterday". After three days, the shades transcend into lavender (the present), only to end their journey bathed in white hues (the future) three days later.
“Now, let’s put some dirt on it!” Hendrickson exclaimed, earning a round of chuckles that kicked off the planting.
City Councilmembers Eric Jablin, Bert Premuroso, Maria Marino, and Carl Woods, along with members of the Woman’s Club, conducted the official planting with the help of children from Riverside Youth Enrichment Center.
Riverside’s enthusiastic preschoolers, dwarfed by tall shovels, stole the show as they helped plant the new tree.
For little Bailey, Arbor Day wasn’t only about traveling outside the classroom. “I learned about purple flowers,” she shared.