Free Trees Available at Wesselman Park for Arbor Day 2021

Over 100 free trees will be available to those in the Evansville area on Friday, April 30, for Arbor Day 2021.

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 2:51 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2021 8:18 AM

In celebration of Arbor Day 2021, Keep Evansville Beautiful and the City of Evansville’s Urban Forestry Department will give away over 100 trees and saplings to the public at Wesselman Park on Friday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The trees will be free to the public through the drive-through Arbor Day event, which is sponsored by CenterPoint Energy and On The Spot Utility Resources.

In the interest of public safety, participants are encouraged to remain in their vehicles while picking up their tree at the drive-through.

During the event, many large trees will be available for those who have a pickup truck. Volunteers from CenterPoint Energy and On The Spot Utility Resources will be available to load trees into vehicles.

Organizers say the available trees range from oak to maple, and even some shrubs for those who don't have space for the larger varieties.

Before planting a tree, Hoosiers should plan carefully where to place a tree and consider the tree’s growth characteristics to avoid future problems with nearby power lines or buried utilities.

Trees and shrubs are recommended to be planted at least the following minimum distances away from electric distribution lines:

  • 10 feet for trees or shrubs maturing to 15 feet
  • 20 feet for trees maturing to 25 feet
  • 30 feet for trees maturing to 35 feet

"We’re excited to partner with the City of Evansville, CenterPoint Energy and On The Spot Utility Resources to celebrate Arbor Day in such a unique way,” said Julie Welch, executive director of Keep Evansville Beautiful. “The purpose of this event is twofold: contribute to planting more trees around our beautiful city and educate the public about important safety messages such as contacting 811 before digging and following the Right Tree, Right Place best practices.”

The trees for Keep Evansville Beautiful’s Arbor Day event were purchased from Tom Guggenheim and Chuck Minnette of Mount Vernon. They have patented a unique method for growing trees where the roots grow down vertically into the soil instead of spreading out horizontally. 

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It was another cool, though overall pleasant day across the Tri-State - after only seeing temperatures dive as low as 22° early this morning, peak temperatures ended up climbing a few degrees higher than Thursday's; that being said, Evansville’s high temperature of 27° Was still 15° below average for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, temperatures will gradually fall for 23° around dinner time back down to 19° by10 PM. A weak northerly wind flow most of the night paired with our crystal clear skies will cause temperatures to of fall back down into the mid to low teens once again - Evansville's anticipated low temperature of 12° will mark or coolest since the morning of January 7th.
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