Barefoot Gardeners assist in Arbor Day tree planting


Soaking up the sunshine late last week, the Barefoot Gardeners Club of Fenwick Island Communities, had a tree planted at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School in Selbyville, in honor of Arbor Day.

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Barefoot Gardeners Club and children from the Phillips C. Showell Elementary School plant a tree on the school grounds.Coastal Point • File Photo
The Barefoot Gardeners Club and children from the Phillips C. Showell Elementary School plant a tree on the school grounds.

The Barefoot Gardeners joined Chantal Bouchard of Nature Designs and some students in the second, third and fifth grades who had been picked to assist in the planting.

“The Barefoot Gardeners Club is part of the Delaware Federation of Garden Clubs,” explained member Marcia Frederick of the group’s civic development commitment. “Every year, they encourage members to plant a tree to recognize the importance of the environment and preserving the environment, and we thought it would be most fun if we passed that idea along to children.”

Frederick said she called Showell Principal Laura Schneider, who agreed it was a great idea, as the school had lost some trees during some of the severe winter weather earlier in the year.

Frederick explained to the students that, all over the nation, similar ceremonies were taking place, and the future of the environment was starting with this one simple gesture.

“Hopefully, 100 years from today, they’ll be children here in this yard under a big redbud tree,” she added.