By Sarah Harr
On Friday, February 23, the City of Foley hosted its 38th Annual Arbor Day Celebration. From 1 to 2 PM, members of the community gathered at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market on Miflin Road to plant trees in honor of the occasion.
The trees were distributed by Boy Scout Troop 77, and the Baldwin County Master Gardeners and Certified Arborists were able to answer any questions pertaining to proper environmental care.
According to the City of Foley, which is a recognized Tree City, trees are helpful in that they “reduce erosion, cut heating and cooling costs, produce oxygen, provide habitat for wildlife and add beauty to our environment.”
While I was not able to attend the Arbor Day Celebration, I did manage to put my green thumb to use through other means. On the weekend prior to the Arbor Day Celebration, the Magnolia Springs Fire Department handed out a variety of tree cuttings, one of which being the buttonbush.
A buttonbush is a small wetland shrub that typically grows about six feet tall on average. They can be quickly identified by their glossy leaves and button-shaped flowers, hence the name buttonbush. They are known to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects, and they are considered an attractive, ornamental plant in general.
As of this moment, my buttonbush plant is still a mere sapling; however, in a few years I hope to transform this…
So, to all of those who don’t think have what it takes to be a “master cultivator,” I leave you with this: with a little water, a little sunshine, and a whole lot of love, anything is possible!