Montevallo prepares for 21st Arbor Day


MONTEVALLO – More than 1,200 trees and tree saplings will be available for adoption during the city of Montevallo’s 21st annual Arbor Day Feb. 23.

The Arbor Day celebration is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon at the Orr Park Recreation Building.

The day’s activities include drawings for large trees and planting supplies, a panel of urban and community tree experts to answer questions about trees and an expert on landscaping for wildlife. There will also be demonstrations on proper tree planting, pruning and tree care, stated a press release from Arbor Day Chair Herschel Hale.

One-gallon containerized fringe trees, as well as White Dogwood, Longleaf Pine, Ginkgo, Sugar Maple, Northern Red Oak, Black Gum and River Birch saplings will be given away.

This year’s vendors include Green Valley Nursery, Cedar Creek Nursery, Montevallo Civitan Club Recycling Display, Don Whitten and his bird houses, Tim Tingle and his wood carvings, Shelby County Master Gardeners, Cahaba River Society, University of Montevallo Environmental Club and Ebenezer Swamp Committee, Aldrich Coal Mine Museum, Montevallo Community Garden, Living River Retreat, Alabama Wildlife Center, Alabama Forestry Commission and Alabama Urban Forestry Association.

Randy Glover from Centreville with his pictures of the Cahaba Lilies will attend the event again this year. Randy is an excellent source of information on the rare Cahaba Lilies, the release stated.

Members of the Montevallo Trail Committee will be present with pictures and maps of Montevallo’s walking trails.

Artist Tim Tingle will host a walking tour of the Tree Carvings in Orr Park. There will also be a guided tour of Ebenezer Swamp.

For more information about this year’s Arbor Day, call City Hall at 665-2555, extension 101 or Hale at 616-0671.