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Maple Park

Arbor Day Planting Brings New Flora To Oneonta

With Arbor Day, New Flora

Oneonta Common Council member Russ Southard finishes reading Mayor Gary Herzig’s Arbor Day proclamation at Maple Street Park, joiined by City Engineer Greg Mattice, center, and Brian Fawcett of New Asbury Gardens. The group was gathered to plant a Sunsation Magnolia tree which, with its large yellow flowers, is the first of i’s kind in the city. In fact, these trees only recently were allowed to be sold commercially, making this one of the first of planting of these trees anywhere. “The tree should reach between 18 to 25 feet in height.” said Fawcett. “It’s different and it’s beautiful. It’s nice to have a diversity of trees in the city.” The planting of a pink weeping cherry tree is planned Friday by Hodge’s Pond in Neahwa Park. The city has plans to plant 30 more trees in the fall. If you are interested in having a tree planted on your property, you can contact the City Clerk for more information. (Ian Austin/
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