Garden club continues to replant after storm’s wrath on tree population

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual big planting project for The Cape Fear Garden Club was a little more special this year.

On Tuesday, the Civic Improvements Committee for the club replaced a tree that was taken out by Hurricane Florence.

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The committee planted a new, 20-foot tall live oak tree at the Jervay Freedom Walk Park. The tree was donated by Jim Batey’s Live Oak Tree Farm.

The Civic Improvements Committee partnered with Wilmington Parks and Recreation to make the project happen.

Cathy Poulos is with the Cape Fear Garden Club and says it’s important to replace all the trees we lost during Florence.



“The city alone lost over 1,000 trees, and that doesn’t even include trees that were lost on private property,” Poulos said. “So we all witnessed what a huge, devastating impact this hurricane had on our community. They [trees] last for generations. They add beauty to our community. They attract business.”

Poulos says the garden club’s committee works with the city and county on beautification projects around Wilmington.