Press Release

City Giving Away Trees in Partnership with GM & Marion Utilities Share

May 5, 2020  |  Web Administrator

The City of Mar­i­on is giv­ing away trees in part­ner­ship with Gen­er­al Motors and Mar­i­on Util­i­ties! Gen­er­al Motors has gen­er­ous­ly donat­ed trees for give­away as part of cel­e­brat­ing Earth Day. Since the Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion was post­poned, the give­away will occur in a new way:

Parks & Recre­ation is tak­ing orders ONLINE ONLY (first-come, first-served)…to be hand­ed out at the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park on Mon­day, May 11th, from 4 – 7pm.

To order: Send a pri­vate mes­sage to the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park Face­book Page or email Taylere McCoy at tmccoy@​cityofmarion.​in.​gov.

There are 250 total trees avail­able and come in two species: Pin Oak and Shu­mard Oak. There are info sheets for each species along with this release. At this time, most of the Pin Oaks are around 6 – 12 in. tall, while the Shu­mard Oaks are 1 – 3 ft. tall. Heights are mea­sured from the base of the stem/​trunk to the top of the tree, so keep in mind that all trees have roots equal to the height of the tree. All trees are bare-root, mean­ing they are notin soil. They will be wrapped in wet news­pa­per and placed in a plas­tic bag for dis­tri­b­u­tion. Plant your trees as soon as pos­si­ble and keep the news­pa­per moist until the tree is plant­ed. When an online order is placed, you’ll receive a response with detailed instruc­tions for pick­ing up as well as planting. 

To avoid crowd­ing, idling cars, and phys­i­cal con­tact between staff and pub­lic, every­one is asked to remain in vehi­cles, and to arrive with­in your des­ig­nat­ed time slot giv­en upon order place­ment. Trees will be placed in vehi­cles by staff wear­ing pro­tec­tive equipment.

The Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion will be resched­uled, and new infor­ma­tion is forth­com­ing. In the mean­time, check the Earth Day 2020 Face­book Event through the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park or Mar­i­on Util­i­ties Face­book Pages, and check out posts from these pages for eco-friend­ly tips year-round.

Click on each image to bet­ter see pho­tos and descrip­tions of each tree species…