Archive for the ‘Arbor Day’ Category

2017 Jan. Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Thursday, Jan. 19th our club with Windermere Tree Board had an annual Arbor Day tree planting near Windermere Town Hall. It was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day and began with a Windermere Police honor guard to present the colors.

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Jackie Rapport welcomed the attendees and introduced Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn who read an Arbor Day proclamation and Pastor Barton Buchanan who gave the invocation. Theresa S.-M. a member of the Windermere Tree Board and our club made some remarks as well.

Speaking is Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R. Not shown is Windermere Garden Club President Bonnie B. and Arbor Day Co-chairman Peggy C.

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn (speaking) and Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R. Not present but who were missed are Windermere Garden Club President Bonnie B. and Arbor Day Co-chairman Peggy C.

Pastor Barton Buchanan, Windermere Union Church

Pastor Barton Buchanan, Windermere Union Church

Then, the students of Windermere Union Preschool presented a musical program, help plant our oak tree and then had some cookies and apple juice provided and served by our club. After their snack, they saw a demo by professional tree climbers.

Windermere Union Church Preschool students with their teachers and Arbor Day co-chairman Jackie Rapport

Windermere Union Church Preschool students with their teachers and Arbor Day co-chairman Jackie Rapport

 

L to R: Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R.; Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith; Mayor Gary Bruhn; Council Member Allen Pichon; Windermere Tree Board/Windermere Garden Club Theresa S.-M. are helping to plant our oak tree.

L to R: Arbor Day Co-chairman Jackie R.; Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith; Mayor Gary Bruhn; Council Member Allen Pichon; Windermere Tree Board/Windermere Garden Club Theresa S.-M. are helping to plant our oak tree.

 

 

 

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2016 FL Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Windermere Garden Club had short program and planted a tree to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day.

The short program included a honor guard, proclamation by Mayor Gary Bruhn and a presentation by the students of Windermere Union Church’s Preschool. Afterward, juice and cookies were provided and served by members of Windermere Garden Club.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event possible.

Left President Bonnie B. and to the right is Co-Chairman Jackie R. Co-Chairman Peggy Collins is not shown.

Left President Bonnie B. and to the right is Co-Chairman Jackie R.  Jackie’s co-chairman Peggy Collins is not shown. Photo by Ceme C.

A few of the Windermere Union Preschool students helping to plant a tree.

A few of the Windermere Union Church Preschool students helping to plant a tree. Photo by Ceme C.

 

2015 Arbor Day Tree Planting

On Jan. 15, 2015, Windermere Garden Club along with Windermere’s Tree Board hosted an annual Florida Arbor Day tree planting with the students of Windermere Union Church Preschool providing the entertainment.

Windermere Garden Club and it’s members provided and served the refreshments which included cookies with apple juice.

An oak tree provided by the Windermere Garden Club and Windermere’s Tree Board was planted between town hall and the library. It will be replacing aging trees in the area.

There was a tree climbing demonstration as well.

A great time was had by all.

 

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn looks on as the children of Windermere Union Church Preschool perform at Windermere Garden Club's FL Arbor Day Tree Planting at Windermere Town Hall.

Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn looks on as the children of Windermere Union Church Preschool perform at Windermere Garden Club’s FL Arbor Day Tree Planting at Windermere Town Hall.

Some of the family members of the preschoolers who attended the tree planting

Some of the family members of the preschoolers who attended the tree planting

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Windermere Police Honor Guard

Co-chairmen of the tree planting committee President Peggy C. in black and Jackie R. in white.

Co-chairmen of the tree planting committee President Peggy C. in black and Jackie R. in white.

Left to right- President Peggy C., Dori B., Janet S., Bonnie B., Vicki H., New Member, Angela W.

Left to right- President Peggy C., Dori B., Janet S., Bonnie B., Vicki H., New Member, Angela W.

Left to right: Pastor Barton Buchanan, Town Manager Robert Smith, Mayor Gary Bruhn, Co-Chairman Jackie R., Co-Chairman President Peggy C. , and Member of Windermere Garden Club & Windermere Tree Board Theresa S.-M.

Left to right: Pastor Barton Buchanan, Town Manager Robert Smith, Mayor Gary Bruhn, Co-Chairman Jackie R., Co-Chairman President Peggy C. , and Member of Windermere Garden Club & Windermere Tree Board Theresa S.-M.

Tree Climbing Demo

Tree Climbing Demo

Tree Climbing talk and demo

Tree climbing talk and demo

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Florida Arbor Day

Our 2014 Florida Arbor Day tree planting was on Thursday, Jan.17th in front of Windermere Town Hall. We planted a Florida native cedar tree which will be used by the Town of Windermere as an outdoor Christmas tree going forward. The children of Windermere Union Church’s Preschool performed again this year and helped mulch the tree. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this a great tree planting especially co-chairmen Jackie Rapport and Peggy Collins.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere's  20 Year Tree City flag.

Windermere Union Church Preschoolers with Windermere’s 20 Year Tree City flag.

Members preparing refreshments for children

Members preparing refreshments for children

Jackie Rapport at the microphone. Jackie and President Peggy Collins were co-chairmen of the tree planting
Co-Chairman Jackie Rapport at the microphone.

2014 Arbor Day-Cedar Tree
Florida Native Cedar Tree we planted.

Windermere Celebrates 20 Years as Tree City USA with Arbor Day Events

By Theresa Schretzmann-Myers
Windermere Tree Board

Windermere celebrates its 20th Anniversary as a Tree City USA  with the annual Arbor Day Ceremony Thursday, January 17th, 10am and the 9th Annual Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festival, Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10am-4pm at 512  Main Street .  The family friendly Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festivalhelps fund Windermere’s Urban Forestry program with proceeds from the festival used to purchase and plant new trees each year by Tree Board volunteers and local residents.

The events are sponsored by Windermere Tree Board, Tree Climbing Concepts Training Team Inc. (TCCTT) and Windermere Garden Club who share a unique partnership in public tree education programs, tree arboriculture and safety programs and tree planting projects which support Windermere’s Urban Forestry program.  There is no cost for admission. 

Take a tree home to plant with your children and create a living legacy for future generations.  Florida Native hardwoods such as Long Leaf Pine, Magnolia, Sugarberry, Oak, Cypress , Loblolly Bay , Holly, Red Maple, Hickory , Cedar, Black Gum, Red Bay  and Sycamore are available for adoption and sale to diversify our Urban Forest which consists mostly of Oak species. 

For those who have mature trees, understory and flowering trees are offered such as Red Bud, Fringe Tree, Dogwoods, Chickasaw Plum, Simpson’s Stopper, Tabebuia and historic Camellias.  For edible landscaping, mulberry, citrus trees, apple, peach, pear, loquat, plum and Florida  blueberries are also available.

Figure 1: Tree Adoption and Sales at Treebute

Figure 1: Tree Adoption and Sales at Treebute

Windermere Tree Board and arborists supply public tree education utilizing the “Ask the Arborist Booth” where residents can get advice from ISA Certified Arborists regarding the “Right Tree for the Right Place ”in their yards.  IFIS Orange County Extension is also available for horticultural and pest control questions.   

Figure 2: Ask the Arborist Table at Treebute

Figure 2: Ask the Arborist Table at Treebute

A Kids Tree Climb is available where kids can experience the beauty of trees up high while climbing in a safety harness, helmet and safety glasses in Windermere’s beautiful tree canopy.  For more tree education, Smokey Bear from Florida Forestry Division is present with forestry books and information.  “Enchanted Walk-Abouts” with naturalist John Springer teach children and adults how to see trees and nature with new eyes.   

Figure 3: Kids Tree Climb at Windermere Treebute

Figure 3: Kids Tree Climb at Windermere Treebute

Enjoy food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and live music while you watch the “Geezers in the Treezers” Tree Climbing Competition where Certified Arborists over age 40 compete in 5 different tree climbing competitions stressing advanced tree arboriculture skills and emergency rescue techniques.  Competitors come from the U.S. , Canada and Britain to compete in Windermere’s historic tree canopy. Arbor Day Ceremony and Tree Planting  Celebrating 20 years as a “Tree City USA”, the Windermere Arbor Day ceremony Thursday, January 17, 2013,10 am is coordinated by Windermere Garden Club and Windermere Tree Board with a Mayoral proclamation, Police color guard, children singing tree songs, planting the Arbor Day tree, tree education by arborists and refreshments.

Figure 4: Arbor Day Tree Planting in Windermere

Figure 4: Arbor Day Tree Planting in Windermere

Town Square trees and Main Street trees are pruned and mulched every Arbor Day by volunteer arborists and Windermere Tree Board volunteers.  

Figure 5: Arbor Day Tree Pruning along Main Street

Figure 5: Arbor Day Tree Pruning along Main Street

Tree Safety Training Seminar for arborists, tree workers, EMT’s, first responders and firemen is taught by TCCTT Arborists, Anchor Bridge Ropeworks and International Safety Components who underwrites the cost to teach SRT single rope technique safety training and emergency preparation, Friday, January 18, 2013, 8am-4pm, 512 Main Street, Windermere.  For more information and registration, contact Adam Jackson at (321) 303-9026 or Email AJJackson@valleycrest.com 

Park Avenue and Windermere Elementary  School Tree Planting Projects

Windermere Tree Board wrote and was funded for a 2012 Urban Forestry grant for re-planting small-growing, “Right Trees in the Right Place ”near power lines on Park Avenue .  They replaced large Oaks destroyed by hurricanes.  Windemere Tree Board volunteers completed 300+ volunteer work & arboriculture hours at Butler Bay  Recreation Center  Park clean-ups.  Windermere Tree Board volunteers also completed 50+ volunteer tree planting and tree education hours at Windermere  Elementary School as “Partners in Education” with students and staff.

For more info contact theresamyers@earthlink.net or call 407-579-4621

Figure 6: Tree Safety Training Seminar

Figure 6: Tree Safety Training Seminar

 

2012 January 19 – Arbor Day Event with Children

The Windermere Garden Club (WGC) hosted the Annual Arbor Day Ceremony for local pre-school children; serving cookies & Apple Juice furnished by WGC members. With a nip in the air, the day began at 10AM with Windermere Mayor, Gary Bruhn, reading the Arbor Day Proclamation and the Windermere Police Department leading the color guard. Windermere Union Church Pre-school children sang songs followed by ISA Florida Arborists from Tree Climbing Concepts Training Team demonstrating safe tree climbing which was available for patrons to try at the Windermere Treebute & Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, January 21. Trees furnished by Windermere Garden Club and Tree Board were planted by Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Town Manager Robert Smith, WGC President, Peggy Collins and WGC Corresponding Secretary and Arbor Day Tree Planting Chairman, Jackie Rapport. The event concluded with refreshments served by the WGC members. Enjoy the slideshow of photos furnished by WGC member, Donna Ditges:

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