Tree Giveaway and Art Installation at the Downtown Festival & Art Show


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs urban forestry staff invites the community to stop by their booth, number C50, at the Downtown Festival & Art Show Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the event, the urban forestry staff will give away trees to all persons residing within Gainesville’s city limits. Citizens can register to have a free 15-gallon tree delivered to their home, choosing from the following species: bald cypress, live oak or southern magnolia. All festival attendees may receive a free bare root seedling, while supplies last (species has not yet been determined). The goal of this effort is to promote the renewal of Gainesville’s tree canopy, and inform the public of the benefits of trees.

In conjunction with the tree giveaway, the Urban Forestry Division will also host an interactive, temporary art installation sponsored by The Repurpose Project. The public will be invited to use repurposed materials to decorate nearby trees; the installation will remain up for two weeks following the event.

Knowledgeable staff will be available at the booth to educate on tree planting and answer tree related questions from the public.

The Repurpose Project, located at 1920 NE 23rd Ave., is a non-profit, community-based effort to divert useful resources from the landfill, redirect these items to the public for art and education, inspire creativity and help us all rethink what we throw away.

For more information, please contact Amber Mathis, horticulturist with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at 352-393-8184 (office), 352-538-6611 (cell) or