Crowley, Acadia Parish celebrate Arbor Day
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Friday morning, before the threat of rain could think of dampening spirits and plans, the city of Crowley celebrated Arbor Day.
Each year the city of Crowley celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree at a different location. This year, the city planted a Louisiana Red camellia bush on the south lawn of the Acadia Parish Courthouse.
Friday morning’s festivities began with Mayor Greg Jones welcoming all in attendance and reading the Crowley Arbor Day proclamation.
Pointing to a continued focus on improving the environment both locally and nationally, Mayor Greg Jones talked about how the city’s Arbor Day celebration has become very important to the city.
“It’s not just about beautification, it’s ecology,” he said.
The Crowley celebration was held in conjunction with the state of Louisiana’s Arbor Day, which occurs in January due to the growing season and state’s climate.
In the proclamation and in Crowley Garden Club Preisdent Nancy Broadhurst’s comments, the benefits of trees were pointed out.
“The benefits and values of trees to a community are numerous,” said Broadhurst.
She pointed out how they not only provide oxygen, but can reduce energy costs, upgrade property values, produce food and habitats for wildlife and help with the erosion problem.
The focus was then turned back to Crowley’s Arbor Day as preparations to plant the camellia bush were made as Broadhurst continued her comments.
“The Crowley Garden Club is proud to have played an integral part of the legacy of helping to plant trees throughout the city of Crowley and has contributed greatly to conservation,” she said.
As the locations change every year, it was fitting that the 2012 location was the Acadia Parish Courthouse. “The centerpiece” of the city, as the garden club calls it, helps show Crowley’s history and beauty, appropriate for the city that turns 125 this year. Thus the garden club dedicated this year’s planting to the 125th anniversary of Crowley’s founding.
Following the ceremony, City Hall opened its doors for a small gathering and the official signing of the Crowley Arbor Day proclamation.
Representatives from the Crowley Garden Club, the city of Crowley and the Acadia Parish Police Jury were among those in attendance Friday to celebrate Arbor Day.