Winter is a fantastic time of year to plant trees in coastal North Carolina, and we want to tell you about a great bargain opportunity for you – TreeFest!
TreeFest is an annual distribution of bare-root tree seedlings that will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 18-19 (or until inventory is gone) inside Independence Mall, in the JC Penney end court. There is a limit of five trees per household with a suggested donation of $3.
Hurricane Florence took away many trees in our area, and TreeFest is a great opportunity to increase the tree canopy and biodiversity in your yard. Trees are free, with a suggested donation of $3 per household to help ensure that TreeFest can continue next year.
Tree species include bald cypress, black walnut, buttonbush, chestnut oak, crape myrtle, longleaf pine, persimmon, pignut hickory, red maple, river birch, silky dogwood, swamp chestnut oak, white ash, and white oak. Grass species include Indian grass and little bluestem. There is a limit of five trees and/or grasses per household. Additional information and helpful tips can be viewed here.
TreeFest began in 1997, after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed many trees in the area. The TreeFest Committee organizes the event; members and sponsors include: North Carolina Forest Service, Keep New Hanover Beautiful, New Hanover County Department of Parks and Gardens, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Wilmington, UNCW Department of Environmental Sciences, Wilmington Earth Day Alliance, and Independence Mall.
The trees and grasses are grown in Goldsboro, NC at the NC Forest Service Nursery. The committee encourages planting of the seedlings within a week of the event, noting that winter is a great time to plant trees and grasses in the New Hanover County area.
For more information, contact TreeFest Committee member Karl Busick at 910-540-4028 or email@example.com.