By Mary Hardin Thornton
City of Rome Tree Board, Rome Rotary, Seven Hills Rotary, Federated Garden Clubs of Rome, Inc., Xavier Chapter NSDAR, Floyd County Master Gardeners, Georgia Power, Citynof Rome Bee Board, UGA Cooperative Extension Floyd County and the E.C.O. Center.
Rotary International President-elect, Ian H.S. Riseley issued a call to action with his global initiative encouraging local Rotary Clubs to plant a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year (July 1, 2017) and Earth Day (April 22, 2018). Riseley is a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, and his 2017-18 presidential theme is Rotary: Making a Difference. Rome is home to Rome Rotary Club and Seven Hills Rotary Club.
Nancy Hargroves is the current President of the National Garden Clubs and the theme for her administration is Plant America. The Rome Federated Garden Clubs, Inc., currently comprised of 10 clubs, has been a member of the Garden Clubs of Georgia, Inc. since 1940. To support Plant America efforts, Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful will provide copies of “The Saved Seed” and "The Frightened Frog" to the E.C.O. Center and the Children’s Department of the Sara Hightower Regional Library to promote environmental education in Rome and Floyd County.
For a Conservation Project, as well as the official City of Rome observance of Arbor Day, civic organizations and clubs will work with the City of Rome’s Urban Forestry Department to install approximately 200+ bare root Sawtooth Oak, Sawtooth Gobbler, and Catalpa seedlings in Floyd County, specifically along Heritage Trail in the mitigation area behind State Mutual Stadium.
The trees were selected to compliment the species recommended by the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and Warnell School of Forestry’s education and outreach effort known as “Trees for Bees: Helping Georgians Improve Pollinator Habitats in the Urban and Suburban Landscape”. The City of Rome was designated a “Bee City USA” in July 2017. The City of Rome has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” since 1990.
There will also be a rededication of Mickie Dobbs’ Memorial Tree. Mickie Dobbs was the director of Clean Community/Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful from 1980 until 2005. She always believed that a clean community was a better community and inspired children and adults to believe that message too. On Arbor Day 2005, a tree was planted in her honor along the walking path near the Oostanaula River. We will rededicate a tree from the City of Rome’s Nursery at the Water Reclamation Facility to her memory.