Arbor Day Celebration
Arbor Day, Friday, December 4, 2015 @ 1:00 PM at Veterans’ Park, Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island……………….
The event was entitled A Celebration of Trees (Lots of Them!). Beth Evans of the Arbor Day Committee gave opening remarks and Sarah Jebo, President of the HHI Council of Garden Clubs, welcomed the 35-40 attendees.
Gretchen Keefner, Principal of the HHI Elementary School for the Creative Arts, introduced Ellen Malinoski, first grade teacher. Ms. Malinoski’s class assisted in the planting of two trees:
Eastern Red Cedar, donated by the Island Beautification Association and presented in honor of Betsy Jukofsky. Mrs. Jukofsky has been a mainstay in the local gardening community for many years.
Eastern Red Bud, donated by Green Thumb Nursery. (the Green Thumb Nursery also donated their time and materials to plant both trees.)
The Creative Arts students presented the attendees with drawings and watercolors they had prepared for the day. They also presented a song for the occasion.
Following the ceremony the Creative Arts group departed by bus. Steve Tennant of Island Beautification provided tree identification and descriptions of trees in the park which was really informative and interesting.
Attendees were invited to pick up a copy of the Arbor Day brochure “What Tree is This?”. We had 50 copies and gave away all but six. Because we didn’t have to buy any trees, the cost was covered by a donation from Island Beautification. We also received donations from the Council and the Herb Society.
Although we’d hoped to honor Betsy Jukofsky in person, she was unable to be there for the actual planting because of health issues. She did arrive by car but did not participate in the event itself.
We continue to maintain the garden in the appropriate condition for visitors desiring to view the garden and learn how to establish their own xeriscape garden. Tasks include weeding, trimming, dividing and replanting.
During the winter, we’ll consider planting a few trees and shrubs that will enhance the garden’s appearance and educational mission. Add perennials in the spring.
Once we have determined which garden plantings are thriving, we will expand the existing signage to provide comprehensive plant identification.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 The Town Council of Hilton Head Island unanimously voted to name the Xeriscape Garden at Town Hall “The Betsy Jukofsky Xeriscape Garden.”