Arbor Day plantings planned for Island Park

An Arbor Day flower planting will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, at Island Park in downtown Bryson City.

Harold Adams of Naturally Green Landscaping will aid volunteers in planting almost 500 native species of wildflowers that will lend color and a natural food source for birds and butterflies. Students and staff from the Oconaluftee Job Corps have prepared the park for the plantings and will also be on hand during the event. 

The event is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.

“This is a project that the Chamber and TDA are very proud to be involved with,” said Karen Wilmot, executive director of the chamber. “While a great deal of the work is being done to ready the Island for the ICF Freestyle Kayaking Championships events that we will be hosting here in Bryson City in September; it also provides an opportunity to improve what is an asset to our town and tourism product. ” 

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