Master Gardeners will host a tree giveaway for tornado recovery

By Nikki Rhein,
Marshall Co. Agriculture and Natural Resources Officer

The Marshall County Extension Office and the Marshall Master Gardener Association are providing a tree gift in response to the devastating Dec. 10 tornado. Marshall County residents affected by the recent tornado can pick up FREE TREES at the Marshall County Extension Office on October 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

How did it happen? The master gardeners were looking for ways to help restore the tornado-destroyed landscape and, with the help of staff from the Christian County Extension Office, were able to obtain trees to donate. The trees were kindly donated by Highlandbrook Nursery located at 1720 Allensville Rd. in Elkton, Kentucky.

The trees are planted in 1 gallon pots and are approximately 3 to 7 feet tall. There could be up to 26 different species to choose from, many of which are native! Possible types include (not guaranteed): Black Gum, Yellow Poplar, Witch Hazel, Sugar Maple, Pecan, Loblolly Pine, Eastern Red Button, Red Maple, Hazel Oak, Sweet Gum, Sycamore, White Oak, persimmon, bur oak, bald cypress, scarlet oak, northern red oak, copper oak, swamp white oak, chinquapin oak, eastern red cedar, hickory hickory, Washington hawthorn, American hornbeam, willow oak and serviceberry. The number of trees available per household remains to be determined.

Marshall Master Gardeners and Extension staff will be on hand to offer planting expertise and other helpful tips. For more information, call 270-527-3285.