During the month of April 2017, America in Bloom-Lexington and Baptist Health are providing trees to every single baby born at Baptist Health. Trees, along with planting instructions (and an offer to plant in a park should parents desire) and congratulations are being housed at UK long-term, and provided to the maternity ward on a weekly basis.
Fayette County needs to ramp up its Urban Canopy due to losses in large and small trees over the last several years due to disease and aging of its trees. Getting more trees into the landscape, in municipal, corporate and residential areas is one of America in Bloom-Lexington’s major goals.
To prepare for the first week of Babies & Trees, program organizers Victoria Meyer and Nic Williamson were thrilled Tracy Durham-Beall and her young and enthusiastic Scouts got together with them to put tree packages together. 150 trees, enough for a couple of weeks, were assembled.
Another session is set for Monday, April 17th at 5pm.For more information, please contact Nic Williamson, UK Urban Forest Initiative, at 859-351-2369.
Finally, after a long warm winter and then a final struggle with below-freezing temps, it looks like Kentucky is moving towards a full-fledged spring! Flowers and trees are blooming everywhere, people are out walking both with and without their dogs, and you just might see the odd convertible roaming around topless!
As you plant peas and other cold crops, clean up last year’s detritus, and prepare for another bountiful growing season, remember to share your bounty with neighbors, contribute to our beautiful landscape and take a few moments to appreciate the beauty that is Lexington, Kentucky.
On March 9, Lexington’s leaders in making this a wonderful place to live, work and play will come together for breakfast. America in Bloom-Lexington brings together these organizations to expand everyone’s knowledge about the marvelous things already going on, enhance the collaborative possibilities and begin to create additional resources for everyone.
Focusing on public/private collaborations for the 2017 breakfast, AIB-Lexington invited five speakers to discuss their projects. Ryan Koch, Executive Director of Seedleaf talked about the composting program and youth program SEEDS. Susan Pleuger from LFUCG brought attention to the city’s beautification program on major corridors. A perennial favorite, Lexington in Bloom, was highlighted by Liz Pattengill with Lexington Garden Clubs. Dick DeCamp explained how Lexington’s historic places are being saved and reclaimed with partnerships through BlueGrass Trust and others. And Bridget Abernathy with Trees Lexington focused on bringing our urban canopy to the levels that will provide energy savings, beauty, healthy air and more.
A surprise is in store for one Lexington citizen who will be named AIB-Lexington’s first Community Champion. Mayor Gray will present the award to this deserving citizen.
Hopefully, this breakfast will be the first of annual events. Celebrating and collaborating are primary missions of AIB-Lexington, and bringing everyone together to meet, greet and facilitate is a fun and engaging way to make that happen.