The City of Fountain Valley’s Public Works Division celebrated Arbor Day on March 7, 2023, with Cox Elementary School’s third graders by giving a presentation on the importance and benefits of trees in our community. Irving Castillo, Angel Cardenas, and Jeronimo Cheluca from the City’s landscape division shared a variety of fun and interesting facts about trees with the excited students during the event. Mayor Kim Constantine, City Manager Maggie Le, and Director of Public Works, Hye Jin Lee also attended the celebration. In addition to learning about trees, the students also received trees of their own to plant.
This year marks the 151st anniversary of Arbor Day, which is observed throughout the nation and worldwide. California recognizes Arbor Day on March 7 in honor of Horticulturalist Luther Burbank’s birthday. Burbank was known as the “Plant Wizard” by Californian farmers as he developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables over his career and grew more than 20,000 little prune trees in only 9 months!
If you would like to learn more about trees, we encourage you to watch the City’s entertaining Arbor Day video. Fountain Valley residents interested in assisting with the City’s urban reforestation program by having a parkway tree planted in front of their home can call (714) 593-4433 for more information. There are 21 species of trees to choose from and the cost is only $35!