Fulton Middle School, Garden Club celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Fulton Middle School students Ashley Baxter and Stephanie Gilbert cut and separate the roots of a young Willow Prairie Cascade tree Thursday after the Fulton Garden Club donated the tree in honor of Arbor Day.

Fulton Middle School students Ashley Baxter and Stephanie Gilbert cut and separate the roots of a young Willow Prairie Cascade tree Thursday after the Fulton Garden Club donated the tree in honor of Arbor Day. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Fulton Middle School students planted a young Willow Prairie Cascade tree Thursday after the Fulton Garden Club donated the tree in honor of Arbor Day, which will be on April 25. A couple of students took turns cutting the roots, which allows the roots to spread further in the ground, therefore giving the willow a better likelihood to be large and strong.

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Carolyn Flynn and another garden club member work together to remove grass from a pile Thursday outside of Fulton Middle School as eighth grade students in an environmental sciences class planted a willow tree. The garden club donated the tree in honor of Arbor Day.

Truescape, a Fulton-based landscaping and gardening company, gave the garden club a discounted price on the tree. Fulton resident Josh Stevens, of Stevens Sustainable Forestry, LLC, gave students from teacher Linda Baysinger’s environmental sciences class tips on tree maintenance, planting and digging a hole.

Carolyn Flynn, Fulton Garden Club vice-president, and garden club members helped students separate grass from dirt, teaching the students what was still good for use. Flynn said the garden club has worked with Fulton Public Schools for eight years, and hopes the experience will encourage students to be tree enthusiasts because the important role trees play in the ecosystem.

“Without trees, we would be lost,” Flynn said.

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