13th Annual Windermere Treebute/Arbor Day Celebration 2017
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Did you get to the 13th Annual Windermere Treebute/Arbor Day Celebration last Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Windermere Town Square ( 520 Main Street, Windermere, FL)? Windermere Treebute is always being held on the third Saturday of January.
I rushed to the second half of Windermere Treebute on Saturday, after covering The Women’s March Orlando and found much activities at Windermere Treebute/Arbor Day Celebration: native & fruit trees for sale, kids tree climb, variety of foods, artists & art merchants, music, nature education, silent auction, bounce house, and tree climbing competition. I was also pleasantly surprised by seeing Supervisor at State of Florida, Orange Soil & Water Conservation District, Daisy Morales ([email protected], 321-438-6315) with her mobile office, and Rotary Club of Windermere (meeting every Tuesday at 6:54 a.m. at the historic Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main Street, Windermere, FL), reaching out to people in Windermere/Central Florida. Finally, it was my pleasure to have had the chance to chat (in the video below) with the energetic and resourceful Chairperson of Town of Windermere Tree Board, Theresa Schretzmann-Myers ([email protected]), a Miami native who has done much for preserving the natural beauty of Windermere and Central Florida region. In addition to sharing much knowledge and experience about caring of our lawns and trees, Chairperson Schretzmann-Myers also shed some light on various requirements for any city in being a Tree City USA: 1. Tree Ordinance (to produce our trees); 2. Hosting an Arbor Day Festival (to educate the public about the importance of planting trees for our ecosystem and our health). So, be sure to view the video below.
Basketball players at Windermere Treebute on Jan. 21, 2017 (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)
In case you did not know about the history of the Arbor Day, here is a bit of its historical background obtained from wikipedia (in italics) , below:
On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut was responsible for globalizing it when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message. In that same year, the American Forestry Association made Northrop the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. He also brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada, and Europe.
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