TAVARES — The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, will be giving away bare-root tree seedlings on Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 11 a.m. at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Center Discovery Gardens Classroom, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
The tree varieties available will include Dogwood, Sweetgum, Wax Myrtle, Red Cedar and Slash Pine. The trees are between eight and 24 inches tall and have been harvested when dormant and without soil around the roots, making them easier to transport and plant.
The seedlings are free to the public, but donations will be accepted to support the tree giveaway program. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
This annual event is observed in January in honor of Arbor Day, which in Florida, is recognized on the third Friday in January. Arbor Day is often celebrated with tree planting ceremonies and events, such as Lake County’s annual tree giveaway. Those attending the giveaway event are also invited to explore the UF/IFAS Discovery Gardens, a 3.5-acre habitat next to the Extension Office, which is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Established by the Florida Legislature, the Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Florida, was organized Sept. 21, 1944 by local people for the purpose of promoting and encouraging, by voluntary means, the wise use, management and general conservation of the County's soil, water and related natural resources. The District is committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Lake County through conservation of its natural resources.
For more information on the tree giveaway, call Lake Soil & Water Conservation District at 352-253-1646 or email Patty Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.