Wednesday, November 18, 2009

City of Spartanburg to celebrate Arbor Day

City of Spartanburg to celebrate Arbor Day

In celebration of Arbor Day, the community is invited to join Mayor Bill Barnet, III, Chris Thompson of Land Art Design Group and Holly Welch of South Carolina Forestry Department, in the planting of a Bigleaf Magnolia and a Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress. The Bigleaf Magnolia is donated by the Spartanburg Community College Horticulture Department and the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress donated by the City of Spartanburg. These trees fit noted horticulturalist and author Michael Dirr’s definition of Noble Tree because they are both “manifest and magnificent in stature.”

Rain or shine, the event takes place on December 4, 10:00-10:30 a.m., at Happy Hollow Park in the Converse Heights Neighborhood.

Although nationally observed on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day traditionally falls on the first Friday of December in South Carolina because it’s the best time to locally plant trees. Spartanburg takes pride in the fact that this is the 28th year it has been designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City. A city must meet four standards of excellence in the area of tree management in order to qualify for this designation. Details can be found at

For more details, contact Joshua Henderson, City Planner, at 864-596-2069 or

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