Thursday, January 11, 2018

Our City of Lake Worth’s popular Tree Festival is only 37 days away.

Would you like to volunteer and help? There is a
Tree Board meeting this afternoon.

Below is the location and time of this meeting and contact information as well.

The 13th Annual Festival of Trees is on February 17th, the weekend prior to the City’s iconic Street Painting Festival. Sounds like a long time away but it’s not. There is still much work left to be done:
  • Community outreach.
  • Coordinate with the City. For example, Lake Worth Electric Utility Dir. Ed Liberty, “Right Tree Right Place”.
  • Line up vendors and speakers.
  • Roll out a PR campaign with print material and maybe “B-roll” video too (one of the “5 Tips” published by the business editor at the Post).
  • Start a Facebook page? Use Twitter?

Have you ever attended a Tree Board meeting?

The Tree Board meets the second Thursday of each month at City Hall, meetings begin at 5:30. The agenda is publicly noticed the week of. The staff liaison for the Tree Board is Mr. Dave McGrew from the Parks Department and you can contact him for additional information at 561-586-1677 or by email: dmcgrew@lakeworth.org

Are you a long-time resident of this City? Do you remember when the City had its own annual tree contest?

“Officials said they hope to make the contest
an annual event”.

“Lake Worth Tree Board winners”
by Post reporter Lady Hereford.

“Tall and short, flowering and spiky, majestic
and just plain odd.”

“Anyone could nominate a tree, regardless of who owned the property”, and the “oddest tree category yielded two first-place winners: A strangler fig and a spiky Madagascar palm.”

Two-page spread, feature article in the Post,
August 10th, 2005:

Would you like this contest to come back? Attend the Tree Board meeting today. Request this be a topic of discussion and added to the agenda.

Other winners of this tree contest (by type) as reported in the Post 12 years ago:

  • Most Beautiful Flowering Tree: Royal poinciana.
  • Most Useful Tree: Jaboticaba.
  • Best Native Tree: Slash pine.
  • Oddest Tree (tie): Madagascar palm and strangler fig.
  • Historic Tree, Most Majestic Tree, Most Sheltering Tree, and Biggest Tree: Banyan.

What’s your favorite tree? The Green Buttonwood?

Show up at the Tree Board meeting at City Hall and share your favorite story about a tree or trees in your neighborhood and learn how you can help out with next February’s Tree Festival.

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