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Posted April 18, 2018 | 12:17 PM

Arbor Day Art Contest Celebrates Trees, Communities

Winning artists receive trees, with tools and fertilizer to help them grow

It's never too late, or too early, to plant a tree in Hillsborough County. But you'll need to hurry to enter the Extension's National Arbor Day art contest.

County residents are encouraged to design small works of art around the theme, "Strong Trees, Strong Communities," and mail them to Extension at 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner. The works, which can be drawings, paintings, collages, or photographs, must be received by Friday, April 27, which is National Arbor Day.

There are three age categories: Age 11 and younger; Age 12-18; and Adult (Age 19 and older). A panel of judges will review the entries. Winning artwork in each age group will adorn the Extension's lobby to promote an appreciation of trees.

The three winners, who will be notified by email or telephone, also will receive tree-planting kits. The kits each include a tree in a 7-gallon container and accessories to help it grow. Winning artists must be at Kerby's Nursery in Seffner at 6 p.m. on May 4 to select their tree.

Artwork entered in the contest will not be returned, and may be used in Extension programs. For more information about the contest, contact Extension Agent Shawn Steed at (813) 744-5519.

Enter the Contest

Individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees on National Arbor Day. Trees clean the air, conserve energy, filter water, and provide cool areas for recreation and relaxation. They also look nice, which has economic as well as aesthetic benefits. Houses landscaped with trees are worth more than those without them.

Some states have their own Arbor Days, depending on the best time of the year to plant trees there. Florida's Arbor Day is the third Friday in January.

Photo Information:An example, by a young artist, of a creation that demonstrates the benefit of trees.

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