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Danville — A Tree City  Boyle County Arbor Day to celebrate importance of trees in our city 

By BOBBIE CURD

bcurd@amnews.com

The City of Danville invites the community to come out and celebrate Boyle County Arbor Day Saturday downtown in Weisiger Park. The event will start at noon and go through 3 p.m. and will include a tree raffle and family-friendly activities.

Alexis Amorese, horticulture agent with Boyle Extension, is organizing the event with support from the city and the Danville Beautification Committee. 

“Nationally, Arbor Day is in the spring, but we didn’t want to conflict with our Earth Day celebration, and fall is actually the time to plant trees,” Amorese says.

She says Danville is a Tree City, through the Tree City USA program under the Arbor Day Foundation umbrella. The program celebrates the importance of an urban tree canopy, and improved care of vital city trees. 

“Danville spends a certain amount on trees and tree maintenance to meet this designation, to have that urban forest,” Amorese says. 

Instead of giving away seedlings, Amorese says the coordinators have decided to raffle off two nice-sized trees, organized through Wilderness Trace Community Foundation, which serves Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln counties, and The Garden Club of Danville. Garden club members will also answer questions about planting trees. Master Gardeners from Boyle Extension will give information on plants. 

Mobile units from The Kentucky Reptile Zoo will be set up, as well as Birds of Prey — a program through Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. Beneficial Bugs also will have a unit on hand. 

“People will get to be up-close and personal with all of these critters, and the kids always love it,” Amorese says. 

Boyle County Solid Waste will have activities and information about how trees benefit the watershed, and the Community Arts Center and Boyle County 4-H also will be doing some tree-related activities. 

Refreshments will be available and other family friendly activities to keep the kids involved. 

For more information, call (859) 236-4484, Alexis Amorese. 

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