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Springfield Art Museum celebrates Arbor Day by planting nine trees

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The Springfield Art Museum will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday by planting nine new flowering trees on its grounds starting at 10 a.m. During the last year, the Springfield Art Museum has planted more than 50 trees on its grounds, including four species of oak, American elm trees, dogwoods, horse chestnuts and nine crape myrtles.

11062159_888542641188406_460363378215239378_nThe planting initiative is the result of advice from Springfield-Greene County Park Board Senior Parks Planner Dennis McMan and City of Springfield Urban Forestry Technician Ellen Littrell.

McMan helped the museum design a long-term landscaping plan for its grounds, and Littrell got the museum involved with the City’s NeighborWoods program, which provided the museum with more than 30 trees.

“The Springfield Art Museum would not have been able to implement this planting initiative without the guidance of Dennis and Ellen,” says Assistant Director Merritt Giles. “Our staff is truly excited to watch these trees grow, blossom and contribute to the continued success of the Springfield Art Museum.”

Giles added that community support for the initiative has also helped the museum beautify its grounds. Oasis Lawn Care, the Evergreen Garden Club and Phelps Grove resident Frances Giglio all donated trees for the initiative.

“We had to remove a dead sycamore from our grounds earlier this year, and Frances donated two sycamores from her own yard to replace it,” Giles said.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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