2013 Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Honors Founder at New Location

This year's Arbor Day Tree Giveaway event will be at a new location and will honor Pete Graske, the founder of Oakdale's Arbor Day who died last year.

This year's Arbor Day event is more than just handing out trees. It's about honoring the very man who started the event 37 years ago.

Longtime Oakdale resident Pete Graske, who was passionate about planting and maintaining trees in Oakdale, died in September. To honor his years of service, the city will dedicate "Pete's Grove" in the Oakdale Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 27. 

As part of the dedication, three of Graske's favorite trees will be planted in "Pete's Grove," just east of the historic schoolhouse. 

The Pete Graske Arbor Day Tree Giveaway has usually been held at Richard Walton Park.

The giveaway will include 200 large bare root and container trees to celebrate Arbor Day. The trees will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Only Oakdale residents can claim a tree and they must present an ID. Only one tree is given per household.

Numbered tickets will be handed out at 9 a.m. followed by the dedication ceremony. Trees will be given away starting at 10 a.m.

Ticket holders will be able to redeem the tickets for one of the three trees, which include Scarlet Jewell Maple, Austrian Pine and Adams Crab

Master gardeners will also be on hand to answer any planting questions. 

Graske was traditionally presented with the first number given out; ticket number one will be retired as part of the dedication ceremony. 


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