Having recently received distinction as an arboretum, it should be no surprise that the city of Bexley takes Arbor Day seriously.
The city will host two tree plantings and a scavenger hunt this weekend to celebrate the tree-centric holiday, nationally recognized on April 26.
At 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, a London Planetree will be planted at Drexel and Main. The city plants a tree every year on Arbor Day, but Mayor Ben Kessler said this tree's location is symbolic of the beautification work that will be completed at that intersection this summer.
New for this year is a tree scavenger hunt through the Jeffrey Mansion grounds, 165 N. Parkview.
"We were talking through what we could do that would be a little bit more interactive and a scavenger hunt is great for kids or adults who want to learn more about trees, and it also gives them a reason to take a self-guided tour of trees in the park," Kessler said of the activity that was put together by members of the Bexley Tree Commission, the city arborist and the Jeffrey Park groundskeeper.
The objective of the hunt is to find the five trees throughout the park that have blue ribbons tied to their trunks and correctly identify their species. The city has provided a map at bexley.org that points out the blue-ribbon trees and the location of five others like them that have been labeled with the species names.
Scavenger-hunters can send answers to firstname.lastname@example.org between Friday, April 26, and Sunday, April 28. Correct submissions will be entered in a drawing; winners will be mentioned in the weekly Bexley Blast newsletter and receive tree-themed prizes.
Members of the Boy Scouts also will plant native Ohio trees in Schneider Park. The time for that event will be available on the city website.