Here is what my Wednesday consisted of, at least until noon.
The first thing I needed to do that morning was put up the Maple City Arbor Day Celebration banner at the entrance to the Rieth Interpretive Center. I’ve had the banner riding around with me in the truck since Monday, because I didn’t have a frame yet to hang it on out by Plymouth Avenue. But it had to happen this morning, so I got a couple 2-by-4s, pipe clamps and eye screws, and fastened it all together and hung the banner.
The water-wagon, which volunteers use to water trees during the summer, was ready to be picked up at the city garage where it had been for some routine maintenance. But first I needed to stop at Mill Street Park to drop off some T-poles and shovels in preparation for our volunteer tree planting on Saturday. I also needed to make one final check to be sure the trees match the sites that I marked out a couple weeks ago. (By the time you’re reading this, the planting will have taken place, I’m confident, with lots of wonderful volunteer help from across Goshen, including donated dougnuts from Dutch Maid Bakery and pizza from Papa Johns)
From Mill Street Park, I headed over to the municipal nursery, before swinging by the garage. I needed to make sure the nursery was open so that contractors could get in there to keep digging the 70 trees we are harvesting this spring. They began digging late yesterday afternoon, and I was pleased to see tulip trees and red buds nicely burlapped, waiting to be moved and planted around town. It’s pretty incredible to me — thinking back to the tiny whips that they were when planted four years ago — to see all these trees ready to be transplanted.