Rebecca Howard: Out trees of Gainesville
Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.
Thirty-one years ago, when my husband was interviewing for jobs at university medical centers, he got a call from the UF College of Medicine about a position in his field.
Because there were other job possibilities, I told him I had no interest in moving to Gainesville. I’d never lived in the south, nor had I lived in a city of fewer than 1 million people.
Besides, what natural resources did Gainesville have? No lakes, no rivers, no mountains.
He came alone just to check out the job and reported that it seemed the best of all options. So, I reluctantly agreed to visit.
Before we had even met the wonderful people in Gainesville who became dear friends, I loved the city. Why? The gorgeous tree canopy.
That was Gainesville’s natural resource, and it would be part of my everyday life.
I loved the way the trees filtered the light, creating both bold and delicate patterns on the ground. I loved the various shades of green, the variety of leaves, the textures of the bark, and, of course, the shade.
Today, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the City Beautification Board will celebrate Arbor Day with a ceremonial tree planting at Ironwood Golf Course. All in all, 54 trees will be planted to celebrate Gainesville’s 27th year at a Tree City USA.
All citizens are invited to Ironwood beginning at 11:45 a.m.. Come celebrate Gainesville’s wonderful natural resource and help shovel a spade-full of dirt around the roots of the latest addition to our tree canopy.
Rebecca Howard is vice-chair of the city of Gainesville Beautification Board.
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