Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 19, 2010

Garden club shared the message of Arbor Day

Tradition of elementary school presentations has gone on for nearly 10 years

by Emily West

Second-graders at Donlon Elementary School could hardly sit still during the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club's Arbor Day presentation last week.

Volunteers Sharon Howard and Erica Dedon shared the history of Arbor Day and the benefits of trees. The students were excited to participate in the demonstration by giving the various reasons as to why trees are so important. Those with correct answers were given a story board that they touted around the Arbor Day Tree Pole, similar to a maypole.

Students were also instructed on how to care for Redwood seedlings, which they were each able to take home courtesy of Alden Lane Nursery.

LAVGC volunteers also held nine more sessions, to anywhere from 120 to 150 second-graders at a time, at other Pleasanton schools. These annual presentations have been going on for about 10 years.

California celebrates Arbor Day on March 7, which was famed Santa Rosa horticulturist Luther Burbank's birthday.

LAVGC holds meetings on the second Thursday of the month, excluding July and August, at Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Ave. Call 461-1725 or visit They are also planning their annual plant sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 at the Amador Valley High School parking lot, 1155 Santa Rita Road. All plants are grown by club members.


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