Coast - Beautiful Backyards

A picnic table overlooks Dickinson Bayou from the shade of old oak trees on Ben and Judy Svoboda’s property.

Jennifer Reynolds/The Daily News

Don't sleep in on Saturday, but head over to Menard Park, 2222 28th St., for the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy's Great Galveston Tree Giveaway! We've got 600 shade trees to give away for private property planting. We'll start at 8 a.m. and go till noon or till we run out of trees.

All you need to do is bring a utility bill or other document that confirms that the trees will be planted on Galveston Island and you can pick up two free 5-gallon shade trees for planting in your yard. You just have to promise to care for them.

We'll have American Beautyberry, possumhaw, wax myrtle, oaks (live, Monterrey, burr, overcup), pecans, cypress (bald and pond), red mulberry, water tupelo, sweetgum, American sycamore, cedar elm and redbuds. Whew!

Thank you to the Apache Foundation Tree Grant Program for donating 300 of the 600 trees we'll have available. The line always forms early, so make sure you're in it. First come, first served! Plant more trees!

Priscilla Files



(1) comment

Gary Miller

Caution. Before accepting a tree check the planting and growth info. Some on the list may not be acceptable as "shade" trees. That's OK if you want an ornamental. Others may not be suitable for Galveston conditions. Know what you want and be early. The right tree can be a real treasure.

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