On Wednesday, September 25, at 12:30 pm, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, will be celebrating Canada’s National Tree Day through a tree planting ceremony. National Tree Day is the celebration of trees and forests in towns, cities, and neighbourhoods across Canada. National Tree Day will serve as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature. Food nd refreshments will be available during this event.
Following the ceremony, at 2:00, Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist and author of Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador, will lead a tree walk emphasizing the native and ornamental trees and shrubs within the Garden.
The MUN Botanical Garden suffered significant damage to their natural area during the past two hurricanes; Hurricane Igor in 2010 and Hurricane Leslie in 2012. Through our $5000 grant with CANON’S TAKE ROOT PROGRAM, PRESENTED BY EVERGREEN, we are able to replant over 300 native trees and shrubs in our natural area. Theplant material capitalized on deciduous and fruit-bearing woody plants which would help expand the habitat diversity in our natural area. The culmination of this project will be the planting of a native red maple, Acer rubrum.
EVERGREEN is a national environmental organization that makes cities more livable through community naturalization projects. Canon’s Take Root Program, presented by
Evergreen, will provide a $5,000 grant and a PowerShot digital camera to 30
local groups across Canada every year for the next three years. Take Root aims
to add more than 7,500 trees to the Canadian urban landscape annually and
encourage community engagement in public spaces through native tree-planting
events, invasive-species removal and other community stewardship, monitoring
and developmental activities.