Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club Tree Plantings
In September 2022, the new campaign called “People for Trees” from Holden Forests & Gardens was shared with the Avon Lake Garden Club Board. ALGC is one of 49 Affiliate Garden clubs that support Holden Forests & Gardens. They thought it was a wonderful idea to support this campaign to plant 15,000 trees in the Greater Cleveland area by 2025. Recent storms had taken down several trees here in Miller Road Park and this would be a great time to add a tree from the ALGC. Diane Deasy, Pam Hoffman, and Jennifer Fenderbosch agreed to serve on the Tree Committee and research what tree to plant. We also consulted with the AL Tree Commission Chairperson Terry Roberson. We chose the Burr Oak and Bald Cypress trees to plant here in Miller Rd. Park.
There is a long legacy of tree plantings the ALGC has had in Avon Lake, with the first tree planting in 1932 at the first school built in the newly formed village of Avon Lake, which is now the high school. The ALGC continues its 90-year legacy of adding to the tree canopy in the city of Avon Lake.
These two trees have been counted toward the goal of planting 15,000 trees in the People for Trees Campaign at HF&G.
The Herb Guild Garden Club at the Tree Dedication Ceremony
Here is a picture with Andrew Mangels, Director of Westlake Porter Public Library and Shirley Swindell, President of The Herb Guild Garden Club at the Tree Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The native tree to Ohio, “Autumn Brilliance” Serviceberry offers year-round brilliant color in the fall plus, spring through winter interest while providing berries for the birds. Shirley Swindell did the background research for the native tree on the HF&G website under “People for Trees.” This was a true collaborated effort by an Affiliate Garden Club, The Herb Guild Garden Club, who meets monthly at Westlake Porter Public Library for its meetings and the Director & Board of Directors. It replaced a tree that died to the right front of the library near the American Flagpole facing Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio. The Herb Guild Garden Club, president, had approached the Westlake Porter Public Library, Andrew Mangels on the joint effort of partnering with each other to make the Pledge for the People for Trees” imitative campaign. Shirley Swindell, The Herb Guild, President, dubbed this end project as, ‘Christmas in June Project.’ The funds for the native Serviceberry and the shopping for the tree itself, from Cahoon Nursery on Detroit Road in Westlake was an exciting, worthwhile effort from both non-profit organizations. The Herb Guild suggests that perhaps other organization may wish to patterner with other organizations to make an actual tree planting or a tree planting pledge a real possibility in their local area or in an urban area of Greater Cleveland and surrounding areas.