By MARCIA LANE
PALATKA – Palatka Arbor Day ceremonies are Thursday (Jan. 26) at St. Johns River State College at 10 a.m.
The Garden Club of Palatka, City of Palatka and SJRSC will take part in the tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the college’s Palatka campus, 5001 St. Johns Ave.
The college was chosen as the site because it’s been designated a “Tree Campus” by the state’s Division of Forestry.
Putnam County Forester Conrad Wysocki is donating the tulip poplar tree that will be planted behind Viking Student Center. Speakers include Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill and representatives from the Palatka Garden Club, Palatka Tree Committee and SJRSC President Joe Pickens. For the first year Tree-Friendly Business Awards will be presented to businesses that have gone above and beyond to enhance Palatka’s tree canopy during construction projects.
The event is open to the public, and the county forester will be giving away potted red maple, bald cypress, tulip poplar and swamp chestnut oak trees on a first come, first-serve bases.
All of these species are native.