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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014
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Trees Forever plans wildflower walk

Apr 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, Iowa — Mayapples, bluebells and wild ginger in bloom signal the return of spring in Iowa, and Trees Forever is inviting the public to enjoy the beauty of the season with a spring wildflower walk at Hayes Timber in Washington, Iowa.

Join Shannon Ramsay, founding president of Trees Forever, on the walk at 6:30 p.m. May 1 to celebrate 25 years of Trees Forever, its volunteers in Washington County and Iowa Wildflower Month.

Meet new Trees Forever field coordinator Hannah Howard, who will help spot special plants and trees along the way.

The walk is one of 25 special events being held throughout the year to mark the 25th anniversary of Trees Forever. Trees Forever volunteers and other area residents are welcome to attend and celebrate the accomplishments achieved together in roadside plantings, improving water quality, providing more shade for communities, habitat and more.

“From day one, our vision was to involve volunteers in every way possible,” Ramsay said. “We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and their dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Washington. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow.”

Howard noted that Hayes Timber is accessible for all, with a flat, even trail.

“This will be a family-friendly event for all ages, including our older residents and parents with strollers,” she said. “This is the perfect time for a woodland walk, not only for the anniversary celebration, but to mark Wildflower Month in Iowa.”

The event will begin by celebrating the work accomplished by Washington County Trees Forever volunteers, followed by a hike to identify and learn about spring woodland wildflowers.

Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary for the free event.

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