On an unseasonably cold spring day, the Four Seasons Garden Club recognized the work of the City’s Forestry Division crews and ‘planted’ a tree of appreciation. Photo by Kira Stiers

On April 27, the Four Seasons Garden Club held a picnic in Patriot’s Park for the members of the City’s Forestry Division and presented them with certificates of recognition for their work in caring for the City’s trees.

 “It’s so easy to plant a tree and then forget to care for it. As a Tree City U.S.A. for 27 years, we are very appreciative of the City of Evanston and the forestry people for their work. We’ve got some really great tree people,” said club member Virginia Beatty.

Ms. Beatty and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl ceremonially “planted” a red oak tree that Ms. Beatty called a “City/citizen-appreciation oak.”

With Mayor Tisdahl, Four Seasons Garden Club members Susan Cooney, Phyllis Rostrom, Judy Johnson and Kathy Biddle presented each member of the forestry crew with a certificate: (Forestry Division superintendent) Paul D’Agostino, Chappell Arnold, Rachid Asemgar, Donald Blackwood, Javier Chavez, Rene Corona, Michael Deleskiewicz, Antonio Galati, Lucio Jimenez, Kevin Lasaukas, Steven Murray, Juan Octaviano, Wenneth Ogunremi, Dario Rojas, Curtis Sales, Thomas Sweeney, James Todd, Kevin Ward (City arborist) Mark Younger and division secretary Cathryn Steinbuck.

Three Forestry Division crew members were unable to attend.