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 greenscapeofjacksonville.com.

2018 Greenscape Tree Festival Press Release

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The Root Ball

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Root Ball 2019: Derby Evening Under the Oaks

Jacksonville, FL – March 25, 2019 – For the first time in 12 years, Greenscape of Jacksonville has changed the time of year for its annual Root Ball to springtime and will be hosting a Kentucky Derby themed party at Bowing Oaks Plantation for its largest fundraiser of the year..

Held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, the Root Ball, produced by the Late Bloomers Garden Club, has as its theme “Derby Evening Under the Oaks.”

According to Anna Dooley, executive director of Greenscape, the organization made the change in venue for several reasons. “The Bowing Oaks Plantation may be the most perfect backdrop for promoting our mission of planting, protecting and promoting trees. It is a fantastic venue nestled in a breathtaking tree canopy.”

Tying the event in with the Kentucky Derby has presented many opportunities for a different, fun filled evening. The ladies will vie for who wins the Bodacious Hat Contest (Judges: The Honorable Lori Boyer and WJCT First Coast Connect host, Melissa Ross) and in addition to the traditional mint juleps, Bourbon Tasting will be an activity sure to please the gents. The Firewater Tent Revival will be providing the live music aimed to get everyone in the party mood.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, festive food, music, dancing and a silent auction featuring a variety of original artwork, fine wines, gift-baskets, and a catered yacht cruise on Innisfail, an impeccably restored 1930 Mathis-Trumpy motor yacht that hosted several U.S. presidents. The event is starting a little earlier this year so everyone will be gathered for the Run for the Roses.

Press Contacts:
Anna Dooley
Robin Patton


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. Currently it is credited with adding over 350,000 trees 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.

Ticket Levels:
Acorns – 35 and Under – (per ticket) $75.00 USD
Branches (per ticket) $175.00 USD
Limbs (per ticket) $250.00 USD
Canopy (per ticket) $500.00 USD
Trunks (2 Tickets) $1,000.00 USD
Towering Pine (4 Tickets) $2,500.00 USD
Grand Cypress (6 Tickets) $5,000.00 USD
Majestic Elm (8 Tickets) $10,000.00 USD
Tree of Life (10 Tickets) $20,000.00 USD

So go green and go to the Purchase Tickets link or download the Reservation Form to mail in your reservation and check.

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