Greenscape Tree Festival

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Press Contact:
Anna Dooley


 Greenscape To Host Family-Friendly Tree Festival In Celebration of Jacksonville’s Arbor Day
March 24, 2018
Organization to give away thousands of trees on first-come, first-served basis

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February, 2018) Greenscape of Jacksonville, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching Jacksonville through planting, protecting and promoting trees, invites the Jacksonville community to the Second Annual “Greenscape Tree Festival.” The family-focused fundraising event will take place March 24th, Jacksonville’s Official Arbor Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.

The Tree Festival replaces Greenscape’s annual tree sale. Instead of selling trees, the organization plans to give free trees to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Activities will include children’s arts and crafts, a petting zoo, entertainment and educational talks on trees and the environment. A dog adoption opportunity will be presented by the Jacksonville Humane Society because dogs really love trees. Specially selected vendors will be featured onsite.

The Greenscape Tree Festival and tree giveaway is so much more than a fun Saturday event — it’s a chance to empower the public to assist in the reforestation of their neighborhoods,” said Anna Dooley, Greenscape’s Executive Director. “We recognize the value in having an abundance of green life in our city, especially after Hurricane Irma destroyed thousands of Jacksonville’s trees. We hope families will learn something about their ability to impact the environment in a positive way while they enjoy the festivities.”

Funding for this program was made possible in part by JEA, CSX, HDR, THE BAKER FAMILY FUND, THE FLORIDA TIMES UNION, GATE PETROLEUM COMPANY, WJXT- CHANNEL 4, OE&S, ANHEUSER BUSCH, TRU-GREEN, THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION, THE ALLIANCE OF COMMUNITY TREES and THE FLORIDA FOREST SERVICE. Special recognition also to The Mandarin Rotary Club, The Bartram Rotary Club, The West Jacksonville Rotary, The Rotary Club of Jacksonville, The San Marco Rotary, The Rotary Club of North Jacksonville, and The Rotary of Southpoint.


About Greenscape of Jacksonville
In 1975, motivated by their desire to improve the Jacksonville landscape, a small group of citizens began the not-for-profit organization of Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. Since its founding, Greenscape has been credited with planting over 300,000 trees in our community. To learn more visit

2018 Greenscape Tree Festival Press Release

Root Ball 2018: Irish for a Day, Green all Year

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Press Contacts:
Anna Dooley
Robin Patton


Root Ball 2018: Irish for a Day, Green all Year

Jacksonville, FL – February 16, 2018 – For the first time in seven years, Greenscape of Jacksonville is pulling up the roots of its largest fundraiser of the year and returning to The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the annual Root Ball.

Held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, the Root Ball, produced by the Late Bloomers Garden Club, has as its theme “Irish For A Day, Green All Year.”

According to Anna Dooley, executive director of Greenscape, the organization made the change in venue for several reasons. “We think the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is the perfect backdrop for promoting our mission of planting, protecting and promoting trees,” she says. “And we’ve also been told that in addition to the wonderful exotic animals living at the zoo, several leprechauns are rumored to live there too. There may even be a pot of gold.”

Tying the event in with St. Patrick’s Day will add another level of fun, Dooley says. Irish musician/songwriter (and Jacksonville transplant) Brendan Doherty, will perform traditional Irish songs as well as original songs from his last album, “Feels Like Home,” which Irish Music Magazine’s Seán Laffey said, “If you need a label to describe his style, think John Denver at his very best.”  Doherty will be accompanied on fiddle by Philip Pan, former concertmaster for the Jacksonville Symphony and member of Canary in a Coalmine. Pan currently performs with folk/rock band Folk is People and Mariachi Primera Costa.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, festive food, music, dancing and a silent auction featuring a variety of original artwork, fine wines, gift baskets, a putter autographed by Arnold Palmer and a catered yacht cruise on Innisfail, an impeccably restored 1930 Mathis-Trumpy motor yacht that hosted several U.S. presidents.

Tickets are $130 per person and are available here or through Attire is “green casual.”

A portion of the funds raised at the event will be used to purchase and replant trees throughout the city that were damaged and destroyed as a result of Hurricane Irma last year.

Featured Musicians:
Brendan Doherty
Brendan Doherty
Philip Pan
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About Greenscape and Late Bloomers Garden Club:
In 1975, joined by their desire to improve the Jacksonville landscape, a small group of citizens began the not-for-profit organization Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc.  and today is credited with over 350,000 trees added to our local canopy.

Late Bloomers Garden Club, founded in 1990, is a member of The Garden Club of America, and the Garden Club of Jacksonville and contributes to the community through its civic projects and grants

Since 2007, the Late Bloomers Garden Club has partnered with Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. to produce the Root Ball, a fundraiser to help raise awareness of the importance of trees in Jacksonville and to assist in the support of Jacksonville’s only tree planting organization.

2018 Root Ball Press Release