On Thursday, Jan. 17th, just outside of Windermere Town Hall, we had our annual Florida Arbor Day tree planting. It featured a program by the students of Windermere Union Church Preschool and a tree climbing demo by Legends formerly Geezers in the Treezers. We planted a magnolia tree. After the event, cookies and juice were served to the preschool children and their family and friends in attendance. The refreshments were donated and served by garden club members. Thank you to the members.
Left to right: President Bonnie Baum, Arbor Day co-chairman Theresa S.-M., Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhm, and Arbor Day co-chairman Jackie R. Not shown Arbor Day co-chairman Peggy C. (Photo by Dori B.)
Left is Windermere Union Church’s Pastor Barton and on right is Mayor Bruhm.
A few of the volunteers at this event. Left to right: Paula R., Treasurer Mary Ann B., Carolyn B. and 2nd VP Sherri A.
Windermere Police honor guard
Rest of the photos were taken by Dori B. Thank you Dori.
Legend tree climbing demonstration
Windermere Union Church Preschool Students
Planting the magnolia tree. Left to right: Arbor Day Co-Chairman Theresa S.-M., Town Manager Robert Smith, Pastor Barton, President Bonnie B., and Mayor Bruhm
Our next event will be on Thursday, Feb. 14th which will be an informal coffee and business meeting at Windermere Town Hall at 9:30am and then we will carpool to tour Nehrling Gardens in near by Gotha as our program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Town Square trees and Main Street trees are pruned and mulched every Arbor Day by volunteer arborists and Windermere Tree Board volunteers.
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.
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: