A London Plane tree was planted near the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Wetlands Learning Center of Fontenelle Forest to commemorate the centennial of the Garden Club of America.
Sixth graders from Beals Elementary School alongside volunteers from Loveland Garden Club of Omaha helped plant the tree, picking a location that will shade a nearby picnic area.
The tree planting was made possible by a grant that Loveland Garden Club of Omaha received from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and is part of the club’s plan to plant 150 trees locally through its O! Oak Project.
Loveland Garden Club specifically works to plant underused species of trees that grow well in this area and that add diversity to yards, schools, and parks.
London Plane trees are hardy and disease resistant. Although planted as a small tree, the London Plane in Fontenelle Forest will grow taller, quicker, and healthier compared to planting a more mature tree.
With minimal care, it can live for many decades, providing a canopy of shade and shelter for local wildlife. This tree will be counted as part of ReTree, Nebraska’s efforts to plant a million trees by 2017.