County residents may adopt green buttonwood or dahoon holly saplings for transplant as part of National Arbor Day celebration

Trees to be available at various locations on April 26 and 27

Green buttonwoods will be one of the varieties of saplings available for adoption. Image courtesy UF/IFAS Extension in Sarasota County

Sarasota County will celebrate National Arbor Day with tree adoption events on April 26 and 27, part of the local “Treejuvenation” urban forestry program, the county has announced.

Individuals may visit any of four locations across the county late this month to adopt a green buttonwood or dahoon holly sapling for transplant, while supplies last, a news release says.

“Green buttonwoods and dahoon hollies are ideal trees for small- to medium-sized home lots,” said Marguerite Beckford, commercial horticulture agent with the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Program in Sarasota County, in the release. “They grow to provide shade and beauty without overwhelming lawns and landscapes,” she added in the release.

“Arbor Day, observed nationally on the last Friday in April, highlights the key roles that trees play in our lives, from air cleansing to recreational opportunities,” the release explains. “Sarasota County Extension’s ‘Treejuvenation’ program builds on that through educational outreach, workshops, and other local efforts,” the release adds.

Adopt-a-sapling stations, hosted by county staff and Master Gardener volunteers, may be found at the following Sarasota County Extension Plant Clinics on the dates provided:

Dahoon holly saplings also will be available, while supplies last. Image courtesy UF/IFAS Extension in Sarasota County

April 26, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • UF/IFAS Extension facilities, located at Twin Lakes Park, which stands at 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota.
  • North Port Library, located at 13800 Tamiami Trail in North Port

April 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • UF/IFAS Extension facilities at Twin Lakes Park, located at 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota.
  • Jacaranda Library, located at 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice.

To qualify, an individual must bring proof of a Sarasota County address and agree to participate in a follow-up survey by providing his or her name, mailing address and email address, the release points out. “Only one sapling will be supplied per physical address, and only while supplies last,” the release emphasizes.

For more information, contact Beckford of UF/IFAS Extension at 861-9825 or mbeckford@scgov.net.

1 thought on “County residents may adopt green buttonwood or dahoon holly saplings for transplant as part of National Arbor Day celebration”

  1. Beautiful trees, wonderful program, and we need more and more trees to clean our air and beautify our city.

    Editor’s Note: Just to be clear, this is a countywide program.

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