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Arbor Day celebrated at MSC

Posted: December 9, 2010 5:42 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Continuing its mission to plant indigenous species of trees on its campus for botany studies, The Montessori School of Camden observed Arbor Day with the planting of a dogwood.

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  In honor of Arbor Day, the children and staff of The Montessori School of Camden (MSC) celebrated, in a small ceremony, by planting a tree and enjoying a poem recited by the Lower Elementary children (ages 9-12) entitled “Trees” by Alfred Joyce Kilmer.

Friends of the MSC community have assisted in the collection of species for the campus. This year the Arbor Day Committee chose to re-plant a stellar pink Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida x Cornus kousa) that died a year ago. The original tree was donated by the Puchalski family. It was planted near the Baxley Gazebo on the Battleship Road entrance to the school, and marked by a plaque giving the common and Latin name of the tree and the donor.  Lower Elementary children (ages 9-12) recited a poem about trees to commemorate the planting.

Although MSC has always prided itself on the array of trees on the campus, only recently has the school taken steps to create an arboretum. In the fall of 2008 MSC began to catalogue and label the trees on the campus with the intention of gathering a collection of all trees indigenous to South Carolina to assist students in their botany studies as well as for the benefit of all nature lovers and, of course, the birds. To date, the school has placed under the care of our arborist, Kisa Flerx, 14 of 64 indigenous species.

Jeff Clark, chairman of the Kershaw Conservation District, spoke to the gathering emphasizing the importance of trees to our environment.

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