Independence Mall will host the 24th annual TreeFest this weekend

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — You can grab up to five trees or grasses for free during the 24th annual TreeFest this weekend February 25-26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Over 7,000 plants will be available at the event in the JC Penny Hallway of the Independence Mall. Everything is first come, first served, and New Hanover County suggests a $5 donation per household. The selection includes trees such as bald cypress, black walnut, red maple, persimmon, silky dogwood and more for the green thumbs of Cape Fear.

The first TreeFest was held in 1997 after hurricanes Bertha and Fran drastically reduced local tree populations. Since then, the event has distributed over 100,000 tree seedlings.

Because the trees are bare-rooted, be prepared to bring them home and plant them as soon as possible. Before grabbing a few trees, you can also talk to the experts at TreeFest who will help you learn more about good planting practices.

According to NHC Arboretum Direct Lloyd Singleton, “Although we have avoided a hurricane this season, we know that our area has suffered a significant loss of trees in recent years and TreeFest is a great opportunity to obtain replacement trees and rebuild the canopy of our community.”

According to an NHC press release:

“The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery in Goldsboro, NC grew the plants for this event. A volunteer planning committee and numerous sponsors, including the NC Forest Service, NC Cooperative Extension, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, UNCW Department of Environmental Sciences, Wilmington Earth Day Alliance, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, New Hanover County Parks and Gardens and Independence Mall, make TreeFest possible, and thanks to the generous donations of its patrons.

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