Darlington celebrates Arbor Day

Photo by Samantha Lyles

Photo by Samantha Lyles

The City of Darlington celebrated Arbor Day last week by planting three new beech trees at the city entrance on Lamar Highway. These stately trees will make a year-round beautiful addition, providing food for wildlife, shining bright green in summer, bronze in fall, and keeping their brown leaves all winter. The city planted these trees at the Lamar Highway entrance to further enhance that area’s park-like appearance as people enter Darlington.

For 18 years in a row, Darlington has won the Tree City USA award by minding four rules: having a tree board or department; having a tree ordinance; spending at least $2 per city resident on tree planting and maintenance; and having an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation. The City of Darlington also participated in the Fourth Grade Foresters program, giving more than 200 sapling trees to students at St. John’s Elementary and Brunson Dargan Elementary Schools.

This year’s proclamation was read by Darlington Mayor Pro Tem, Rev. Coleman Cannon. Present at the ceremony were (seated, left to right) Kalmia Garden Study Club members Laura Burns and Myra Bumgarner, (standing, left to right) Kalmia’s Diane Langston and Ronda Brown, City of Darlington manager Howard Garland, Mayor Pro Tem Coleman Cannon, Kalmia’s Kathy Bailey, Darlington City Attorney Albert James, and Darlington Planning Director Lisa Chalian-Rock.

Author: Jana Pye

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