Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Festival of Trees - Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza

Contact David McGrew

City of Lake Worth Annual Tree Festival

Lake Worth, FL – January 13, 2014 – The Lake Worth City Tree Board announces the 9th Annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Avenue between Lake and Lucerne Avenues. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The event will commence at 10 a.m. with a very special all-level yoga class led by Monica Hornung (yogamundo.com), who teaches at Moksha Studio in Wellington and Bee Organics in West Palm Beach and presentations by representatives of the Native Plant Society (Rufino Osorio, author of “A Gardener’s Guide to Florida’s Native Plants,”) the Audubon Society of the Everglades (Phil Weinrich, Jupiter High School biology teacher), League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (Barbara Eriv, co-chair of the League’s Climate Change Working Group) and Environmental Resource Management of Palm Beach County (Carman Vare, Environmental Program Supervisor).

Mayor Pam Triolo will read a proclamation declaring January 18, 2014 - Lake Worth Arbor Day between 12 and 1 p.m. After reading the proclamation, Mayor Triolo will dedicate an East Palatka Holly that will be planted on the Lake Avenue side of City Hall Annex. The memorial tree is in honor of Josette Kaufman, late Chair of the City Tree Board and Executive Director of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for The Everglades. Josette is the daughter of Nancy Marshall, President of the Arthur R Marshall Foundation for The Everglades and step daughter of John Marshall, Chairman and Founder of the organization. They will both will be present at the dedication.

The annual Festival of Trees is always a big draw for the downtown,” said City of Lake Worth Horticulturalist, David McGrew, staff liaison to the board. “It’s a festive day for families, locals, and out-of-town visitors to enjoy our beautiful park, learn about trees and plants and visit our restaurants and shops.” Home Depot will provide an activities tent for children all day.

Exhibitors will provide demonstrations and plants and trees will be for sale,” added Richard Stowe, Tree Board Chair. “We’ll have specialists in native trees, plants, xeriscape, pruning and more.”

Music, provided by Afinka Funk, featuring Tom Regis (www.tomregismusic.com), Raul Hernandez, Tommy Benson, Nelson Colon, Jon Zeeman, Phil MacArthur and special guests, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.