Get a head start on spring on Saturday, April 3, at Stay Co2ol with Trees, a free Arbor Day celebration in Byrd Park. During the festivities, Richmond will receive Tree City USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for the 19th straight year. Rain or shine, you’ll find fun and information about the many ways trees make our lives better.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? Six workshops on planting, identifying trees, pruning mature trees, why native plants are needed, assessing the extent of decay inside a trunk, and tips for using a professional arborist’s tools. Talk with experts about tree selection, tree care and protection during construction, horticulture and gardening. Shop for everything from plants and artwork to composting bins and rain barrels. Get a free bare-root tree while supplies last. Richard Nunnally, Richmond Times-Dispatch garden columnist and WCVE gardening show host, will answer horticulture questions at the Times-Dispatch booth. Workshops 10:45 am-11:30 am and then all but the native plant workshop will repeat from 1 pm. to 1:45 pm.
FOR THE KIDS: Climb a tree, bounce in an inflatable castle, enjoy art activities supervised by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and meet the Richmond Flying Squirrels mascot “Nutzy.” Expect a visit by a city firefighting unit between 11 am – 1 pm.
Saturday, April 3, the Carillon in Byrd Park, 10 am -2 pm. Free.