Happy Arbor Day! Get A Free Tree!

It’s not exactly Christmas, or the 4th of July.

But Arbor Day is Friday. Westport won’t let the holiday pass unnoticed.

We’re even jumping the gun

From 2-5 p.m. this Thursday (April 25) in front of Town Hall, the Westport Tree Board will distribute lilac and Norway spruce saplings.

It’s first-come, first-served. Planting instructions are on each bag.

It’s a busy day for the Tree Board. At 1 p.m. — an hour before the event — they’ll join 1st Selectman Jim Marpe to unveil a new sign at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum (corner of Stonybrook Road and Woodside Avenue).

Guests are invited to stay, walk the trails, and learn about trees on the 12-acre open space property. Then head over to Town Hall for your freebie.

(Thanks to Eversource Energy, for making Thursday’s 6th annual sapling giveaway possible.)

A Norway maple at the Wadsworth Arboretum.

5 responses to “Happy Arbor Day! Get A Free Tree!

  1. Maria Freeman

    You should go at 2 and get a tree!


  2. Why are they distributing Norway Maples? These trees are classified as invasive by UConn. They are prolific seed producers crowding out our native Maple species.

  3. I didn’t know there was a Wadsworth Arboretum in Westport. I did know there was a Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. I’m under the impression it is the oldest public art museum in the country but I’m not an expert.

    When I was 20 I interned for Crown Publishing in New York City. One task they gave me was to respond to odd letters to the publishers. The oddest one that came across my work area was one that said “Dear Sirs, I am interested in your help to obtain a copy of your book ‘The Summer of The Barshinskis’. I am not interested in your book ‘The Summer of the Barshinleys’”. Sure enough when I checked the catalog there was ‘The Summer of the Barshinleys” but not the other. I don’t remember what I wrote back

    The improbability of the two rhyming wadsworth civic locations brought the Barshinleys/skis to mind