Arbor Day

NEWS RELEASE                April 4, 2011
Louise C. Seals, Planning Chair, Richmond Tree Stewards

Stay Co2ol With Trees

at Richmond’s third annual Arbor Day festival

Saturday  April 16 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

at the Carillon in Byrd Park

Free Fun and Information for Everyone

Rain or Shine

Why celebrate trees? Trees not only make our neighborhoods more attractive, but they also reduce energy costs, slow rainwater runoff, help remove pollution from the air, reduce street maintenance costs, and much more.

Here’s what we have to offer….

  • Chat with gardening expert Richard Nunnally.
  • Learn why native species are important from Lou Verner, 11 a.m. – noon.
  • Be wowed on the Tree Walk – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Watch woodcarvers at work.
  • Listen to jazz by the Sharon Rae North Trio.
  • Relax with a yoga class.
  • Get a free bare-root seedling (as long as they last).
  • Get advice from tree care and landscaping professionals.
  • Shop for nursery plants, pruning tools and other items.
  • Learn more about how you can help trees and the environment.

And for the kids…

  • Climb trees.
  • Hunt nature “treasure” and win prizes.
  • Make art, peanut butter pinecone bird feeders or lavender sachets.
  • Greet costumed mascots PBS KIDS’ Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Richmond Flying Squirrels Nutzy, and Richmond’s very own talking, walking tree.

Arbor Day sponsors are the Richmond Tree Stewards, Richmond’s Urban Forestry Division of the Department of Public Works, and Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.

Gold sponsors are Dominion, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Community Idea Stations Public Broadcasting. Silver sponsors are Cisneros Roofing, Colesville Nursery, Davey Tree Expert Co., Glen Allen Nursery, Riverside Outfitters and Virginia Department of Forestry. Bronze sponsors include Arborscapes LLC, Circle Safety & Health Consultants LLC, Ginter Park Residents Association, Hudgins Landscaping, James River Grounds Management, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond International Raceway, Truetimber Tree Service Inc., Vermeer Mid Atlantic, and Westover Hills Neighborhood Association.

Other exhibitors and vendors will include Bartlett Tree Experts, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, James River Green Building Council, James River Woodcarvers, Master Naturalists Pocahontas Chapter, Natural Progression Landscaping LLC, Richmond Audubon Society, Richmond Clean City Commission, Richmond Urban Forestry Commission, Sierra Club Falls of the James, and Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Richmond Tree Stewards are trained citizen volunteers who help the arborists of Urban Forestry care for trees along city streets and in parks. Learn more at

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