Williamston groups sells trees for Arbor Day

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By Mallory Estepp
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Ingham County and the Williamston Garden Club are both celebrating Arbor Day with tree sales.

Arbor Day falls on April 27 this year.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that helps build and renovate houses and build wheelchair ramps for low-income families, is selling mature trees measuring 4 feet to 6 feet high. Habitat for Humanity is also selling soil and mulch for $10 per tree.

There are eight species of trees to choose from, including butterfly bush and white spruce, ranging from $30 to $60.

Proceeds go toward the organization.

This is Habitat for Humanity’s fifth annual tree sale, said Todd Pierce-Ryan, director of the organization.

Order forms are available at the organization’s website.

Pierce-Ryan said that the sale will end April 10 and volunteers from Habitat will be around the city on April 28 helping senior citizens and students.

The Williamston Garden Club is hosting an annual seedling sale at Williamston’s two elementary schools, Discovery and Explorer, and Williamston’s Lutheran school on Arbor Day.

The students can purchase the seedlings for 50 cents apiece, said Arla Weaver, coordinator of the garden club’s sales.

“However, three sons have been through Williamston schools and they (the seedlings) are planted,” said Weaver. “Our family also has a tree-filled lawn, and the trees make our environment a lot nicer.”

Weaver said that no profits are made from the sale.

“We have to pay a stipend for the trees and seedlings, so we sell them for a bit of a loss, “ said Weaver. ”We just try to get kids interested in the activity.”

Pierce-Ryan said that he wanted to try to combine forces with the Williamston Garden Club for the students to plant their seedlings on Saturday, along with those who purchased trees through the Habitat for humanity.

There is no decision yet to the alliance.

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