FOUR Projects revolving around planting trees took place in April in Lyons.
1. Plant tree seedlings in the Lyons Cemetery Saturday, April 24
2. Plant tree seedings in the Lyons Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens Sunday, April 25
3. The Town has partnered with Can’d Aid for two volunteer projects in Lyons.
They host a Bohn Park Tree Planting on Thursday, April 22
4. and a trail access project near the Stone Canyon project on Monday, April 26.
5. April: Begin planting larger trees in Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens
(see photos below)
All Lyons Cemetery tree planting photographs by Cathy Rivers
Plant tree seedlings in Lyons
A two-day tree seedlings planting took place this past weekend in Lyons, thanks to a donation of trees by the Soil Conservation District. The first one took place at the Lyons Cemetery, on the eastern side, on Saturday, April 24. The Lyons Volunteers, and Lyons LEO club (teen volunteers) carefully planted the young trees. Kelsey Lesniak from the Colorado State Forest Service and Vanessa McCracken from the Soil Conservation District supervised the activity. Some of the volunteers (see photographs) were: Garima Fairfax, Albert Goranson, Dave Goranson, Jerry Johnson, Scott Leiding, Dave Orback (cemetery director), and Dr. Joe Meckle.
The second planting took place the next day, April 25, at the Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens. It was supervised by the Soil Conservation District representative and the Botanic Garden director Garima Fairfax. The work was done by the Garden’s regular volunteers. They planted 23 trees and shrub seedlings.
The volunteers also dug two larger holes for trees that are expected to be delivered this week, including a bristlecone pine. The Garden is divided up into five sectors representing different terrains in Colorado, and appropriate trees will be planted in each one. More signs are expected to be delivered this week, which will clarify to visitors what terrain they are observing. The pasque flowers are the first noticeable flowers currently blossoming in the Garden this month. Garima and her crew have reached out to several nurseries to find what they need to complete the design, which also includes shrubs and wildflowers. To read more about the creation of the Garden, see our article in October 2020.
Botanic Garden plants protected over the winter. Garima Fairfax works on the Garden throughout the week, with volunteers joining her three times a week Tree seedlings planted and protective wrapping Two larger holes were dug in anticipation of delivery of two more established trees The pasque flower is the first significant flower to bloom in the Botanic Gardens, April 29, 2021
All Botanic Garden photographs by Kathleen Spring
Arbor Day News
WHAT IS ARBOR DAY?
Arbor Day is a special day that is set aside throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role that trees play in our environment. The day is celebrated on different dates around the world, depending on local seasons and temperature.
==April 16 – Friday is ARBOR DAY. — Arbor Day in Colorado is celebrated on the third Friday in April. (National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April)
==Lyons is an official Arbor Day Town.
==Colorado’s State Tree is: Blue Spruce.
The National Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The trees are shipped at the appropriate planting time for your horticultural zone. If you join, you will be sent some 6- to 12-inch trees that are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive “The Tree Book.” (booklet). This is an approved vetted non-profit charity.
Learn more at Colorado State Forest Service. ==
==What is Arbor Day? WATCH THE VIDEO: Colorado State Forest Service director Mike Lester explains and also shares trivia about one of his favorite trees – blue spruce.
==Want to plant your own tree? Check out our tree planting tips for planting trees in Colorado.
==The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations. We are a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.
DEFINITION: The key difference between sapling and seedling is that sapling is a young tree which is less than one year old and has 1 to 6 inches of diameter at breast height while seedling is a young plant which has cotyledons and adolescent leaves and has less than 1 inch of diameter at breast height.