In 1886 Florida designated the third Friday in January as Florida’s Arbor Day. “While many holidays bring awareness to events of historical significance, Arbor Day is a unique national holiday focusing on the future” explained Joseph MacKenzie, Senior Forester, Florida Forest Service. “As trees reach full potential, they provide social, environmental and economic benefits for future generations.”
Budding ‘green thumbs’ and experienced gardeners listened intently and expounded on benefits of trees; shade, oxygen, food source, beauty, wildlife habitat and sound buffer. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle, Right Plant, Right Place, guided tree selection.
“These partnerships with UF/IFAS Extension and forestry adds another layer” shared Cory-Ogden “the opportunity to educate.” Annually, 174,000 visitors enjoy the trails, springs, woods and history of Manatee Springs State Park.