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May 2019

The Root Ball

May 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

This annual event produced with the Late Bloomers Garden Club will take place on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at the Bowing Oaks Plantation.  The festivities begin at 5:30 with the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby.  Help us celebrate a "Derby Evening Under The Oaks" with Mint Juleps, Bourbon Tastings, a Bodacious Hat Contest and live music provided by The Firewater Tent Revival. For updates about Root Ball 2019 please visit our FaceBook Event page here: RootBall2019. (2019 Root Ball Press…

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May 2020

Root Ball 2020: Derby in the Garden

May 2, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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 3/18/2020: Due to COVID-19 and the postponement of the Kentucky Derby, the Root Ball committee is working on an alternative plan for this year's Root Ball, which will be announced very soon. This annual event produced with the Late Bloomers Garden Club will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 at the Garden Club of Jacksonville.  The festivities begin at 5:30 with the running of the 146th Kentucky Derby.  Help us celebrate a "Derby at the Garden" with Mint Juleps, Bourbon…

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November 2020

Greenscape Tree Giveaway

November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St
Jacksonville, FL 32204 United States
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COJ's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Partners with Greenscape for a day of Recycling and Free Trees Tree giveaway will be part of annual shredding event JACKSONVILLE, Fla., October 8, 2020 –For the first time in its 11-year history, the City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful’s America Recycling Day event will feature both a shred activity and a tree giveaway in partnership with Greenscape of Jacksonville. Following best practice ideas for COVID era events, the shredding drop off and the tree…

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February 2021

Tree Planting in Boone Park South

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Boone Park South, 3725 St Johns Avenue
Jacksonville, 32205
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GREENSCAPE OF JACKSONVILLE and FRIENDS of BOONE PARK SOUTH 2021 TREE PLANTING Saturday, February 13, 2021 Begins at 9 A.M. 3725 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205 RAIN OR SHINE – BUT NOT LIGHTNING (If weather is prohibitive, event will take place next day – Sunday, February 14) Safety and Planting Demonstration by Joe Anderson JEA Forester Trees furnished by GreenReLeaf, a partnership of Greenscape and JEA. 22 Mixed Species (Pines, Dahoon Holly, Laurel Oak, Shumard Oak and Live Oak)…

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March 2021

The No Ball Root Ball 2021

March 1 - May 1
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Root Ball

With the first Root Ball in 2008, Greenscape and Late Bloomers Garden Club introduced a fun way for the community to participate in an event that supports the missions of both organizations. Great parties for great causes. With lingering concerns of Covid 19 and the potential for community spread, the decision has been made to call off the in-person event this year. It is our sincere desire that we practice the ultimate social distancing by staging the No Ball Root…

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Don't miss our story in the ROAM May issue of the Resident Community News', page 22!"Greenscape board members plant trees in Cuba Hunter Park"issuu.com/residentnews/docs/riverside_resident_may_2021/22 ...
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Trees make a difference!“Here are 10 proven ways that trees make a big difference.1. Trees improve air quality.Trees are sometimes called the lungs of the Earth because they absorb pollutants through their leaves, trapping (or “sequestering”), and filtering contaminants in the air. Like all green plants, trees also produce oxygen through photosynthesis.2. Trees improve water quality, and reduce flooding and erosion.A tree’s leafy canopy catches precipitation before it reaches the ground, allowing some of it to gently drip and the rest to evaporate. Tree roots hold soil in place, reducing erosion. In these ways, trees lessen the force of storms and reduce the amount of runoff into sewers, streams, and rivers, improving water quality. One hundred mature trees can intercept about 100,000 gallons of rainfall per year.3. Trees temper climate.Trees lower air temperatures and humidity; they can also influence wind speed. Evaporation of water from trees, or transpiration, has a cooling effect. Cities develop “heat islands” because dark roofs and pavement absorb solar energy and radiate it back. Trees in parking lots have been shown to reduce asphalt temperatures by 36 degrees Fahrenheit and car interiors by up to 47 degrees Fahrenheit.4. Trees conserve energy.Three or more large trees strategically placed on sunny sides of a house shade it from the hot summer sun, reducing air-conditioning costs by as much as 30 percent. Deciduous trees are best for this use because they lose their leaves in winter, exposing the house to the warming winter sun, which lowers the energy needed to heat the house. Coniferous trees, because they retain their needles year-round, serve to reduce wind when placed on the north and northwest sides of a building, resulting in significantly lower winter heating costs.5. Trees are good for the economy.Economic analyses have found that the value of homes near trees is 9 to 15 percent higher than homes without. Research shows that shoppers linger longer along a shaded avenue than one barren of trees and are even willing to pay more for goods and services.6. Trees create habitat for plants and animals.Wherever trees are established, wildlife and other plants are sure to follow, ensuring a healthier ecosystem. Trees provide shelter and food for a variety of birds and small animals.7. Trees improve health.Research demonstrates that exposure to trees has a relaxing effect on humans, reducing stress and imparting a sense of well-being. Hospital patients with a window view of trees recover faster than those without. Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are better able to concentrate after time spent in outdoor green settings.8. Trees reduce crime.Data show that apartment buildings with high levels of greenery had significantly fewer crimes than those without any trees.9. Trees reduce noise pollution and can serve as screens.A belt of trees 100 feet wide and 50 feet tall can reduce highway noise by up to 10 decibels, reducing the sound volume by half. Densely planted trees can also block unsightly views.10. Trees promote community.Trees can enhance a community’s sense of pride, and ownership. Active involvement in tree planting programs leads to a stronger sense of community and the promotion of environmental responsibility and ethics. Planting programs also project a visible sign of change and provide the impetus for other community renewal and action programs.How Trees Help our ClimateOne tree can sequester (or take in) more than one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. Planting trees and avoiding deforestation are key measures in reducing the human impact on global climate change.” By National Wildlife Federationwww.nwf.org/Trees-for-Wildlife/About/Trees-Make-a-Difference Photo credit Greenpeace Belgium ...
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Today is Earth Day! Founded fifty years ago, this is the largest secular observance on our planet. It is the only day that the entire world praises and appraises our environment. We have much to celebrate and much we can devote our time and talent to improve.Greenscape focuses on trees – we plant, protect and promote trees. Why? The extent and depth of their constant work creating an environment beneficial to every living thing is unparalleled. They cool the air, soften the wind, and intercept rain. They cut utility bills and increase property values. Their beauty continues to be celebrated by artists. Human beings find solace and renewed energy by their presence and wildlife flourishes. Trees are all that and more. They are the lungs of the earth and a treasure to be nurtured. Take time today to notice our trees and join Greenscape in our mission to cherish them. ...
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