Arbor Day isn't for another month, but that's not going to stop Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park from planting trees. The park will be hosting the Long Island Arboricultural Association's Arbor Day event Saturday, March 26, from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., as about 100 professional arborists and their families descend upon the place to donate a day's labor pruning historic trees and shrubs, and doing spring cleanup around the Carshalton Gates, Main Drive, and Taxus Field on the southwest side of the arboretum off Chicken Valley Road. They'll also be taking down some hazardous trees in those areas and planting a new tree, as you'd imagine.
The annual volunteer event, estimated to be worth more than $75,000, is a collaborative effort between New York State Parks, The Planting Fields Foundation, and LIAA, and will be fun to watch, so pack a picnic and spend the day in the arboretum. Don't get so close as to interfere with the work, but watch from a distance and you'll likely learn a thing or two about pruning.
Then you can head back to Planting Fields for it's annual Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, where, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. fun-filled educational activities and entertainment will dominate, with family-fun activities, arts and crafts and live music. Coe Hall will be open for self-guided tours, and there will be tree climbing, mechanical bull rides, performances by Flumpa, Strummin’ & Drummin’ and -- best name ever -- Peat Moss & the Fertilizers, plus the National Circus Project, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, tree planting with Smokey the Bear and other favorite children’s characters.
Planting Fields is located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd. in Oyster Bay. For more details, call Planting Fields at 516-922-9200 or LIAA at 631-415-4535.