Middlebury will celebrate Arbor Day and the value of trees April 26.
Tree Planting in Riverbend Park
The Middlebury Tree Board welcomes residents to celebrate the proclamation of Arbor Day at 8 a.m. at the pavilion in Riverbend Park and to help plant about 25 trees in the park.
The removal of more than 20 mature ash trees has altered Riverbend Park. The trees had to be removed because they were dead, due to the invasion of the emerald ash borer.
“The tree board has offered to make the replanting at Riverbend their project for Arbor Day. We appreciate the help of the tree board, as their efforts will save costs for planting and the labor of park staff,” said Tom Enright, Middlebury parks and recreation manager.
The ash trees will be replaced by a variety of species, including swamp white oak, red oak, poplar tulip, Ohio buckeye, American hornbeam, redbud, red maple, shagbark hickory and serviceberry. Having diverse species will make the park less vulnerable to pests or diseases that attack a certain type of tree.
The work will involve rolling young trees into holes, refilling the holes, spreading mulch and watering the trees. Volunteers can bring a spade, rake and work gloves.
For the last two years, the tree board has planted trees with local businesses for Arbor Day. Two years ago, the tree board and Syndicate Systems planted 13 flowering pear trees along the company’s property on North Main Street. Last year, the tree board, Jayco, InTerra Credit Union and NIPSCO planted 27 trees at the corner of S.R. 13 and U.S. 20.
This will be Middlebury’s 18th year to receive the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the 16th year the town will receive the Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award for its efforts to have a healthy urban forest.
Middlebury Garden Club Tree Planting
Also on April 26, the Middlebury Garden Club invites the public to the planting of a maple tree at the intersection of West Lawrence Street and the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail at 1 p.m. The tree planting is made possible by a grant from the Garden Club of Indiana’s state project, “Trees for Life.”
Following the tree planting, there will be refreshments and a celebration of the 80th year of the Federation of the Middlebury Garden Club at the Middlebury Town Hall, 418 N. Main St. Dana Snider, member emeritus of the Middlebury Tree Board; Sarah Nahmias, State Garden Club president; and Laura Kearby, State Garden Club tree chairman, will speak.
The Garden Club asks that those planning to attend the celebration at the town hall RSVP by April 17 so they can prepare the refreshments. RSVP by calling Betty Bellaire at 825-9719 or email Sally Beane email@example.com.