TreeFest: How to get free tree seedlings in Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are you looking to spruce up your garden? Visit Independence Mall on Saturday, January 19 for the 22nd annual TreeFest.

The dozens of donated grass and tree species are grown in the North Carolina Forest Service Nursery in Goldsboro and brought right to Wilmington each year.

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The kiosk is located right in front of JC Penney’s store front and has been blooming with plant lover since the festival started at 10 a.m. on Friday.

“We were not able to have it last year because the nursery was flooded from Hurricane Matthew and the species weren’t available,” said Environmental Educator at Soil & Water Conservation District Elissa Riley. “We did have a little bit of a limited inventory this year, as well, because they are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.”

TreeFest began in 1997, after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed many trees in the area.

Trees help to protect runoff, reduce flooding and provide oxygen for us to breathe. For a kind donation of $3, you can walk away with a new plant. Stop by early on Saturday before trees run out.