Wilmington NC: TreeFest Offer Tree Seedlings And Native Grasses

TreeFest 2018 Trees and Grasses List. Source: New Hanover County, North Carolina
TreeFest 2018 Trees and Grasses List. Source: New Hanover County, North Carolina

TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings, will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 and Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10am-5pm, or until trees run out.

TreeFest will be inside Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC, in the JC Penney wing.

A variety of tree and grass seedlings, many of which are native, will be available to help residents increase the tree canopy and biodiversity in their yards. There is a limit of five trees and/or grasses per household. A list, along with helpful tips, may be viewed here (PDF).

TreeFest is funded by donations received from participants during the event, and there is a suggested donation of $3 per household.

TreeFest began in 1997, after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed many trees in the area. The TreeFest Committee organizes the event; members and sponsors include:

  • New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Department
  • New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • Keep New Hanover Beautiful
  • City of Wilmington
  • Wild Bird and Garden
  • UNCW Department of Environmental Sciences
  • Independence Mall

The trees and grasses are grown in Goldsboro, North Carolina at the NC Forest Service Nursery. The committee encourages planting of the seedlings within a week of the event, noting that winter is a great time to plant trees and grasses in the New Hanover County area.

Source: Jessica Loeper, New Hanover County NC

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