Arlington earns 10th tree award

ARLINGTON— The city has been awarded its 10th consecutive Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, and city officials plan to celebrate Saturday by planting more trees.

Part of the Arbor Day celebration in Arlington includes the establishment of a rain garden at the soon-to-be-open public restrooms and visitor information center along the Centennial Trail in downtown Arlington.

The city, the Snohomish Conservation District, the state Department of Ecology, the Arlington Garden Club and local nurseries plan to involve volunteers in the planting of rain garden.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., people can learn how rain gardens filter runoff water, as well as how to design a good rain garden. The class is in the City Council chambers, 238 N. Olympic Ave., next to Legion Park, where the visitor center is located.

Then people of all ages can go outside at 11 a.m. to help plant the Arlington rain garden. This rain garden will allow runoff from the new building and walkways to soak into the ground, being filtered by the soil and plants. Volunteers are needed to help plant and mulch, and are asked to bring their own gardening tools and gloves. Refreshments are to be provided. The planting session lasts until about 2 p.m.

Organizers say the class and volunteer planting session are great opportunities to learn how to design a rain garden for your own yard, and then experience how a rain garden is planted and mulched to make a beautiful feature at home.

Register for one or both events at 425-335-5634 or www.bit.ly/scdArborDay.

Arlington will be receiving the Arbor Day Tree City Award from a representative of Department of Natural Resources at 11 a.m. at the planting location.

The city’s natural resource manager Bill Blake said people in Arlington also can celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree at home.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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