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Huntington readies for Arbor Day celebrations

Apr. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- About 100 trees are being planted this week in Huntington.

On Tuesday, a crew from Creation Gardens & Designs was planting a variety of trees, such as dogwoods, blossoming crab apples and linden trees, also known as basswoods, among many others.

Most have been planted along 8th Street on Huntington's Southside, but Huntington Avenue was also slated to get some new trees as well, said landscape designer Janie Carpenter.

G & G Nursery and Creation Gardens & Designs were hired by the city of Huntington for the project, paid for by a grant from the West Virginia Division of Forestry and by a contribution from Sterling Hall, owner of Huntington Steel.

The city's Urban Forestry Advisory Committee developed the tree-planting plans to precede an Arbor Day celebration, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the Ritter Park Fountain. The celebration also will recognize the city's designation as a Tree City USA community.