Spring is in the air and time for planting trees and flowers!
Celebrate Arbor Week by picking up a free seedling to plant at home and watching a tree planting Saturday at Wiley Post Park.
Girl Scouts from local troops will be handing out about 750 free seedlings to anyone who stops by the park, 2021 S Robinson Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31. The Student Conservation Association and Parks & Recreation Department staff will also be planting five trees, each one 8 to 14 feet tall.
“It’s a great chance to get a tree for your home that’s well-suited to our climate in central Oklahoma,” said Neal Bilger, a unit operations supervisor with the Parks Department. “We’re also excited to plant new trees in the park, which will benefit visitors for generations.”
You don’t even have to get out of your car to get a free seedling – the Girl Scouts will provide curbside service.
The available seedlings are redbuds, October glory maples and several species of oak (red, sawtooth, white, scarlet, cherrybark, Mexican white, English and nuttall).
If any trees remain after the event, the Girl Scouts will take them to their local council office, 6100 N Robinson Ave., to continue handing them out from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Any remaining trees will be given away at the Girl Scouts’ booth at Open Streets OKC, noon to 4 p.m. April 8 on NW 23rd Street between Western and Robinson avenues.
Oklahoma City celebrates Arbor Week from March 25-31 and is proud to be a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA designation is bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation to communities who meet several standards for protecting and planting trees, including spending at least $2 per capita on a community forestry program and having a tree care ordinance.
You can see all of the trees in Oklahoma City’s parks in our tree inventory at okc.gov/parks. It shows each of the 19,632 trees in the City’s 134 parks, representing 185 species of trees. They have a collective estimated replacement value of $42.1 million.
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