Greenwich Tree Conservancy’s Tree Party to Be Held on Arbor Day, April 27

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James McArdle, Susan and Susan Scheiffelin and Peter Malkin with representatives from Hennessy waiting for the Hennessy winner to come forward. April 29, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

It’s no accident that the Tree Party is held each year on Arbor Day since the mission of the Conservancy is to preserve and enhance the trees and forest of Greenwich in order to benefit the community, its health and its quality of life; a goal that President Teddy Roosevelt would have applauded.

This year’s party, at McArdle’s Greenhouse on April 27, from 6:30-8:30, promises to be a fun evening with yummy hors d’ ouevres, and a full bar.

Co-Chairwomen of the party, Elizabeth Hopley and and Alexandra Codraro, have proclaimed the theme of the party to be the Celtic Tree Zodiac.

“It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

The Celtics, as in many other world cultures, revered trees and developed a Celtic Tree Anthology over 2.000 years ago, drawn from a belief that a person’s lunar month of birth determines their personality and character.

Trees were assigned to each of the 13 lunar months based on observed personality traits, so that, for example, a person born from December 24 to January 20 under the sign of the Birch tree was an achiever, and so on.

The Tree Conservancy is most grateful to its sponsors:

US Trust Bank of America, Private Wealth Management
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
First Republic Bank
The Bartlett Tree Company
Cummings and Lockwood LLC
Hon. Livvy and Doug Floren
Mr. & Mrs. Peter L. Malkin
Ann R. Elliman
Fieldpoint Private Bank and Trust
Rand Insurance Company

The Tree Conservancy is  also grateful to its supporters: McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center and Val’s Putnam Wine & Liquor.

Tickets can be purchased at the Conservancy’s website www.greenwichtreeconservancy and start at $150.

See also: Greenwich Tree Conservancy Benefit Reimagines McArdle’s as a Tree House (2016)