Students from Hope Preparatory School and the Elese Tomlin Community Center joined city council members and others to plant trees on April 28 to celebrate Arbor Day.

The City of Groveland, known for its natural charm, celebrated Arbor Day by having school children plant two live oak trees at David Blanks Park, at South Street and Gadson Street, on April 28.

The gloomy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd, which included students from Hope Preparatory School and the Elese Tomlin Community Center in addition to city workers, council members and community volunteers.

Things That Grow Nursery in Groveland donated the trees and taught the children about the importance of plants and trees to our community and planet.

Arbor Day Hydroponics

Groveland resident Robin Maynard provided hydroponic grow tubes as part of Libby’s Legacy, a Pink Ribbon Garden Project that Maynard co-founded with singer Melissa Etheridge to allow breast cancer survivors the ability to grow fresh produce for themselves and their families.

Arbor Day Tree Planting

The students were treated to ice cream, thanks to Iceelicious, and they received Arbor Day pencils, stickers and puzzles.

“It was really informative, and the kids had a ball,” said Mayor Evelyn Wilson.

Wilson also noted that the event enjoyed its biggest turnout to date.

The first Arbor Day in America was in Nebraska in 1872 when an estimated 1 million trees were planted. The holiday is now observed around the world.

About Groveland, Florida. Groveland is one of Florida’s fastest growing communities and is known for its natural charm. Surrounded by lakes and lush green spaces, the city of 24,000 is about 30 miles west of Orlando and the world’s major theme parks. More about the city at



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