Each year Nordland Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree or shrub. In past years the club has planted a tree at a Habitat for Humanity house, native rhododendrons at Fort Flagler State Park and Mystery Bay State Park and trees and shrubs at Soundview Cemetery.

The most memorable Arbor Day ceremony occurred at Soundview Cemetery to honor Marrowstone Island Volunteer Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. While touring Europe several years ago, Island residents, Greg and Paula Lalish visited a German WWII cemetery in Flanders. They returned home with an acorn picked up from under a Summer Oak tree at the cemetery, planted it and lovingly cared for it until it grew into a tree. The oak tree was planted at Soundview Cemetery to honor our volunteers and their service to the Island. In spite of the deer, the tree is still thriving today.




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