A Great Way To Celebrate Arbor Day In Huntington Beach


A Great Way To Celebrate Arbor Day In Huntington Beach

By Chris MacDonald, Writer/Photographer/HB Ambassador/The Local News Columnist

More than 30 people came to the 12th Annual Arbor Day Celebration of the planting of six Peruvian Pepper Trees in Huntington Beach Central Park West, near Kathy May’s Lakeview Cafe. Members of the non-profit Huntington Beach Tree Society, the City’s Park, Tree and Landscape Division, Public Works Director Travis Hopkins, West Coast Arborists, Marina High School students, civic leaders and other outdoor-lovers enjoyed cookies, music (featuring an original song written and sung by guitarist Adam Doke) and joyful words of wisdom from Tree Society President Jean Nagy: “We see trees as beauty and shade but their tiny leaves are working hard all the time, producing oxygen, creating cleaner air and so much more.” John Tillotson, Tree Society Treasurer, said: “Trees are the most wonderful things. Just looking at them makes you relax in this busy world. They’re also homes to birds and other animals.” HB Mayor Matthew Harper reminded guests “that trees are not
just good for Property Values but for people.”

john¬†¬†Randy Menzel, HB City Tree Supervisor, explained the history of the new Pepper Trees, which originated in Peru. “A sea captain brought seeds to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, where they were planted during the 1800s,” he explained. “Other missions got them and planted them as well. Having been grown in California for so long, it’s often misleadingly called the California Pepper
Tree. It’s tolerant of extreme heat, drought and any soil conditions.”

Ann Anderson, Tree Society Vice President, eloquently recited a famous Joyce Kilmer poem, which starts, “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree,” as onlookers gazed at the beautiful trees, next to Lake Huntington, while birds flew overhead and ducks paddled about on the water under the magnificent blue sky.

tree plant

I would also like to recognize HB Gibbs Butterfly Park Restoration Coordinator Leslie Gilson, who was present along with HB Community Services Commissioner Juana Mueller. The happy celebration was caught on camera by “Surf City Highlights” longtime host, Matt Liffering from HBTV3. The next time you spot a tree, enjoy the view and think of how much it’s doing to make our world a better place. If you’d like to learn more about the HB Tree Society, whose volunteers have partnered with the city to plant more than 5,000 trees, log on to: http://www.hbtrees.org. You can also call: (562) 760-0733.

tree groups

1. Arbor Day Banner.
2. Left to Right: HB Tree Supervisor Randy Menzel, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper and HB Tree Society President Jean Nagy,
3. Left to Right: Members of The Huntington Beach Public Works Department along with HB Mayor Matthew Harper.
4. HB Tree Society Treasurer John Tillotson with HB Ambassador Chris MacDonald.
5. Members of The Huntington Beach Tree Society watching the Live Planting.




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