Dogwood Seedling Project


In celebration of its 50th Anniversary and Arbor Day, Greensboro Beautiful coordinated a Fifth Grade Dogwood Seedling Distribution Program in the Guilford County Schools. Partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Greensboro, NC811, the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Guilford County, and the City of Greensboro, volunteers delivered nearly 5,600 dogwood seedlings to fifth grade students in all Guilford County schools on March 1. Teachers will conduct seedling planting activities in their classrooms. This program is designed to educate local fifth graders about the importance of saving and planting trees in our community.
The trees will remain in classrooms until the end of the school year to allow for observation and watering. Greensboro Beautiful will also offer teachers access to a tree curriculum, which includes a number of tree-related activities that can be incorporated into the classrooms. Students will then take the trees home, or plant them at the school or a location of their choosing. Greensboro Beautiful will also provide planting instructions for students and parents.
“We hope this program will enhance the existing urban forest by involving kids and their parents in new tree plantings,” said Judson Clinton, Greensboro’s City Arborist. “We want the students to understand the benefits of trees; encourage them to plant new trees for future generations; and engage them in planting trees throughout Greensboro.”