Local garden club plants trees for civic beautification

Growing traffic and shopping centers can make nature take a back seat. The Laurel Oak Garden Club and Mayfield City Tree Board helped plant 30 trees along Highway 121.

Laurel Oak Garden Club President Gloria Galloway said they planted 30 Brandywine Maple Trees this month.

“You go into a lot of small towns and they have a lot of trees, a lot of flowers, and it just seems more inviting for visitors to come into the city,” Galloway said.

Galloway said they’ll eventually grow about 30 feet tall and will be low maintenance for the city.

“They don’t have an invasive root system so I thought it would be perfect for this area, kind of create a canopy for this shopping center,” Galloway said.

Galloway also hopes it’ll help bring more business to the city.

“Our hope is that they not only look pretty, but actually attract attention to these different shopping areas and be a welcoming sign for the community,”

AmericanForest.org says more trees also help reduce storm runoff and sidewalk maintenance because of the shade. Next Saturday, Mayfield High School students are volunteering to mulch these trees.

The trees came from a local gardener. Galloway said they should grow well, because they were never potted.

The Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, and Modern Woodmen also helped make this tree project possible.

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