Florida Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Giveaway
The City of Winter Haven, in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Polk County and the Florida Forest Service, will hold the fifth annual Arbor Day Celebration, Friday, January 18, from 5 pm – 7 pm in South Central Park at Central Ave & 5th St SW in downtown Winter Haven. The event will include a tree giveaway in which the first 140 attendees will receive their choice of a tree at no cost. This years’ tree selection is Swamp dogwood (Cornus foemina), Red Maple (Acer rubrum), and Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine). These species are all Florida-natives chosen for their specific benefits to the urban forest including: wind-resistance, wildlife & pollinator habitat, and aesthetic value. Expert volunteers and City staff will be on hand to provide education on the care, maintenance, and proper selection of trees. For more information, please contact the Natural Resource Division at 291-5881.