Arbor Day celebration brings crowd to Lakebottom Park

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A large group of folks gathered at Lakebottom Park Saturday to celebrate Arbor Day.  There were all types of activities and displays. Free seeds were also handed out.

Dorothy McDaniel,Executive Director, Trees Columbus says "Most people know that planting trees is a good thing, that it's a lot of fun. So a lot of times Arbor Day is just about making it easier for people to do it. We literally provide trees they can come and pick up seedlings and take those home. We started the day with about 400 seedlings and they are all gone. So 400 trees are going to find a new home today."

Arbor day is generally celebrated on the last Friday in April, but people in Columbus decided to push the event up.

Arbor day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. It was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872.

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