Tree Planting Ceremony at Town Center Park to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs

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Today January 19th, 2024 at 11am, the Palm Coast Garden Club and the City of Palm Coast came together to participate in a statewide event, the ceremonious planting of a tree, to honor Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. The Arbor Day chair for the Club, Kathleen, spoke briefly about the event, and introduced the Festival Chair, Denise Garcia. Denise elaborated upon the information Kathleen presented to the crowd, as well as proudly informing those in attendance, that the Palm Coast Garden Club will be celebrating 50 years in 2025.

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Denise welcomed City employee Maven Rogers, to the podium to speak briefly on the event as well as read a proclamation from the Mayor and City Council. “Trees mean different things to different people. But regardless of the meaning it provides a resource to our community, and it will be essential in our future,” Maven Rogers continued before reading the proclamation.

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Due to the uncertain whether, city staff planted the tree ahead of time for the event, and provided a pile of mulch for the garden club members and city staff to spread for the ceremony. Kathleen, Maven and Denise kicked off the “planting” of the tree, by spreading a shovel full of mulch around it.

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“I was extremely excited because one things about our Central Park location is it is a habitat for our local birds. So having any type of tree that can support that and then multiple of trees that can provide that habitat and that shade is great. I am also happy that the garden club chose a tree that is such a mature tree, that it can really take off,” Maven Rogers told us after the ceremony.

The garden club was able to provide free wax myrtle trees to attendees, with instructions and other informational material. Attendees were told to take as many as they wanted, in an effort to plant more vegetation throughout the city.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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