Garden Club plants 52nd Arbor Day tree

Mayor Dennis Clough presents a proclamation to Westlake Garden Club President Regina McCarthy after the planting of the Club's 52nd Arbor Day tree. Photo by Shirley Lutts

Friday morning, April 24, the Westlake Garden Club planted its 52nd consecutive Arbor Day tree, this year at the Westlake Recreation Center’s children’s playground. As he has done throughout his tenure, Mayor Dennis Clough presided over our planting ceremony and presented us with an Arbor Day Proclamation, speaking to the history of Arbor Day and the importance of our Club to the community. 

We especially wish to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for donating our beautiful Valley Forge Elm (Ulmus americana), a new disease-tolerant cultivar which, once established, can grow up a height and crown spread of 30 feet or more, with leaves turning golden yellow in autumn.

Also attending were Paul Quinn III, Director of Public Service; Bob DeMinico, Recreation Center Director; and Stan Barnard, Urban Forestry Manager; as well as many Club members, family members and friends. Club member Brian Thompson spoke on how we are blessed to be in a community that recognizes the importance of trees. Indeed, since 1991, Westlake has held the designation of Tree City USA.

The Westlake Garden Club is proud to do its part.

Regina McCarthy

President of the Westlake Garden Club

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:19 AM, 05.05.2015