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Have you noticed the new trees on South Lumpkin Street?

Have you noticed the new trees on South Lumpkin Street?

“Trees, Our Living Legacy” was started by The Garden Club of America to celebrate their Centennial and promote natural beauty and native habitat, encourage conservation, improve the local environment and build community pride.  In celebration, the local chapter of The Junior Ladies Garden Club has been hard at work planning and completing tree planting projects across Athens, GA.  The first phase included plantings in the Oconee Hill Cemetery to beautify the entry area.  During the second phase in Memorial Park, the club eliminated the invasive species that had decimated the native forest.  In total there were 50 native trees planted in these areas (photo shows above the reforested area on South Lumpkin Street)! The club also made a commitment to maintain the trees for survival.  The Junior Ladies Club will show off their hard work at the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia in April at the 2013 Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of America.

Thank you to all those who worked hard to beautify Athens! Special thanks to Celia Argabright and Hugo Verasco of Four leaf Clover, Natalie Sams and Lili Ouzts, Andrew Saunders the Community Forestry Coordinator, John McKinney the Facility Supervisor at Memorial Park, Bo Thurston of Athena Lawn Care, and Ed Smith of Southeastern Growers.