The City of Gulf Shores and the Beautification Board held its annual Arbor Day Celebration to celebrate the 32nd year as a Tree City USA on Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center.
Residents of each household within city limits were able to select four different trees from the six varieties: American Hornbeam, American Snowbell, Bitternut Hickory, Catalpa, Cherry Laurel and Chinese Chestnut.
The Beautification Board of the City of Gulf Shores sponsors the Alabama Arbor Day poster contest for students in fifth grade. Mrs. Marlene Johnt works with the students to develop concepts and techniques. Posters are judged with winners at the local level. The first place piece is submitted to the Alabama poster contest. This year, Fynn Stanford received recognition for 3rd place. She is the daughter of Flannery and Jeremy Stanford. All local winning artists are presented prizes donated from local businesses. Participating companies are Waterville, The Track, Pirate’s Island, Matt’s Ice Cream, and the City of Gulf Shores.
Fynnegean had the opportunity to meet with Governor Kay Ivey. She received a signed golden shovel, which was used to help plant a tree on the Capitol grounds. Several other organizations recognized her accomplished artwork with individual gifts.
Fynn is the daughter of Flannery and Jeremy Stanford. Mrs. Angela Mott, Project Jubilee, is her instructor. The Beautification Board of the City of Gulf Shores sponsors the Alabama Arbor Day Contest annually.