StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117631289127919.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of www.tree-land.com‘, ‘National Arbor Day is April 27, and the National Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free shade trees (red oak in fall in photo) to those who join the foundation during April.‘);
Ten free shade trees will be given to each person from Illinois who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during April 2007 as part of the nonprofit Foundations Trees for America campaign. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in AprilApril 27.
The 10 shade trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, green ash, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silve maple and red maple.
These trees were selected to provide shade and beauty, and a variety of forms, leaf shapes and beautiful fall colors, John Rosenow, the Foundations president, said.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.
Planting a tree is a unique experience, Rosenow said, because you can watch it grow over the years. It truly makes you feel a part of the planet and the future, and connects us directly to nature.
He added that planting a tree is a perfect family tradition for parents, grandparents and children to enjoy together, because the trees will last for generations. Years from now, our great grandchildren will be able to say that this is the tree my ancestors planted, Rosenow said.
To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, or go online to arborday.org.
from the April 11-17, 2007, issue