In recognition of Arbor Day, members of the Englewood Garden Club planted two trees in the club’s garden on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.
The garden is located in an area near the Dunn Center for the enjoyment of students and visitors as they approach the back entrance to the building.
Much care and attention to the garden has been given by the special projects committee in conjunction with the grounds maintenance employees of the college. Making the garden a habitat for birds has been an interesting and rewarding experience. By providing shelter, water and suet feeders, the garden has attracted woodpeckers, blue birds and other species common to our area.
This site was chosen for the club’s Arbor Day planting because the trees provide shelter for birds and will add more visual interest to the garden.
The dedication began with a reading by Peggy Weatherford, first vice president, explaining the history of Arbor Day and why it is an important date to be remembered not only on Arbor Day but throughout the year:
“It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling founded Arbor Day in Nebraska. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important then ever. Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states during the month of April except North Carolina, when the day is recognized the first Friday following March 15.
“Trees are a renewable resource for paper, wood, fuel and countless other products in addition to being a source of joy and spiritual renewal wherever they are planted.
“Today, we are planting two trees, a cedar tree and a camellia which will enhance the beauty of our Wesleyan Garden for many years.”