The Bloom & Grow Garden Society will be celebrating National Arbor Day on Friday April 29, 2022 at Tucker Ranch. On Feb 22, 2020, we planted “1000 Trees for 1000 Years” in partnership with Cherrylake and Healthy West Orange. Each year on National Arbor Day we return to check on our Bald Cypress trees – counting them, weeding at their base, making sure they are healthy enough to grow tall and strong. We will meet at Tucker Ranch at 9am Friday April 29, 2022 with gloves and our “1000 Trees for 1000 Years” t-shirts. We will spend about 3 hours maintaining our trees - and then we will plant a new ceremonial bald cypress. Please mark your calendars and join us for National Arbor Day at Tucker Ranch!
1000 bald cypress trees were planted at Tucker Ranch on a chilly day February, 2020. Over 200 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages were part of this effort that could possibly impact the environment for 1000 years. You can venture out to Tucker Ranch, a recreational park and nature preserve in Winter Garden and see for yourself.
We planted bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) because they are a really important native Florida tree. And, they are known to be long lived, sometimes for thousands of years. They grow from Florida to Illinois to Minnesota. It will even grow in California. It tolerates very wet as well as dry conditions.
Our hope is that they survive for at least 1000 years to come. If more plantings of this scale were done, the trees could remove about two-thirds of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by human activity which is nearly 25% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. This is above and beyond the fact that they also clean the air and water, provide habitat for thousands of other species and lower temperatures.
The one gallon trees came from sponsor, Cherrylake in Groveland, Fl. They have been planted from seed and were sustainably grown. A huge thank you to the city of Winter Garden for all their support, planning and assistance they provided to make the day a success. And, our thanks to our presenting sponsor, Healthy West Orange who was with us since day one of the project and contributed to make a success. We also thank our sponsors: Minion Media Group, Ace Hardware College Park, Ace Hardware Winter Garden, Action Chapter of the FNGLA, Crabtree Ink, the Dr. Phillips Foundation, Duke Energy, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the McKinnon Corporation.
Bloom and Grow Garden Society is a designated 501(c) 3; Registration#:CH23240 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.