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Arbor Day Celebrations

            Members of Pecan Grove Garden Club annually plant at least one tree in honor of Arbor Day.  Many are planted at local schools.  Arbor Day is celebrated in Arizona on the last Friday of April.  Some areas of the State observe a March date.  Arbor Day is considered a holiday in some States but not in Arizona.


Arbor Day Tree Planting- April 20, 2012

  Arbor Day Chairman Donna Baker and Christine the owner of Pardise Oasis Assistant Living Home stand in front of a newly  planted Sissoo Tree. This tree will provide needed shade in their yard.


Kofa High School – April 28, 2010

Pecan Grove members planted a Sissoo tree on Kofa High School campus in an area that had been disturbed by construction. Three garden club members and students from several classes attended the planting demonstration presented by Frank Saldana a Certified Arborist. Please see photo below

Certified arborist Frank Saldana, 4th from left, explained tree planting procedures to garden club members, Kofa students and teachers.

West Wetlands Pecan Grove – April 22, 2009

            As part of their 2009 Arbor Day activities members of Pecan Grove Garden Club voted to donate $2000.00 to purchase pecan trees for West Wetlands park. A small pecan grove had been established in the park in 2008. The club donation increased the size of the Pecan Grove in our local park.

            Students from Pecan Grove School participated in the ceremony by providing music and helping plant the trees. Several Pecan Grove Garden Club members attended the planting event and Val Colvin spoke briefly about the pecan tree donation and other club projects in the park.  See photos below


Front two rows on the left side of photo

Pecan Grove members attending the event.


Dave Faires, City of Yuma arborist, explains to Pecan Grove School students how to properly plant a tree


Larry Munoz, City of Yuma, and one of the student tree planting teams.

Sunrise School planting – April 23, 2009

            Pecan Grove members planted a tree at Sunrise School to celebrate Arbor Day 2009.  Sarah Carey, a Sunrise teacher and Pecan Grove club member, arranged for her students to participate in the planting ceremony.  Photos follow


Teacher Sarah (left rear) and students eager to help school employees

plant tree at Sunrise School


School principal, garden club members, and proud Sunrise students pose with

their Arbor Day Tree.

Mesquite School Special Planting Day – April 22, 2008

            It was a sad time in the Yuma area – vandals had destroyed all of the playground trees at Mesquite School.  But the entire community rallied around and a special public tree planting day was conducted to celebrate Arbor Day.  Pecan Grove Garden Club had the honor of replacing a special tree that had originally been planted to honor the death of student Andrew Lujan.

            A special ceremony including music and speakers proceeded the planting. Pecan Grove members donated the tree. Andrew’s father joined members as the tree was planted and the identification stone returned to its place near the tree.  Please see photos


Singing and special speakers proceeded the tree planting.

           A great Arbor Day Celebration.


Pecan Grove members Donna Baker, Val Colvin and Willene Calvert with Mr. Lujan


Tree planted and Andrew Lujan memorial items in place