Expressway Park, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green, in partnership with The Baton Rouge Bicentennial Commission, The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and BREC, will planted and dedicated a 27-gallon Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in BREC’s Expressway Park in honor of Baton Rouge’s 200th birthday.
A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 13th. Mayor-President Sharon Broome, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight and Assistant Director Angela Harms, EBR Parish Library Director Spencer Watts, Metro Councilwomen Tara Wicker and Barbara Freiberg helped dedicate the Bicentennial Live Oak.
Baton Rouge Green and the Commission selected a Live Oak. Under the right conditions, Live Oaks can live several hundred years, are a very hardy species, and for many have become synonymous with Louisiana landscapes. Several local organizations were involved in establishing the Bicentennial Live Oak.
BREC provided the site in Expressway Park and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System has donated the granite monument installed near the
tree. Baton Rouge Green will care for the tree to ensure it’s survival. The Live Oak was donated by Rick Webb of Louisiana Growers.
“We hope that that Baton Rouge residents of 2217 will still be able to visit and enjoy this beautiful tree on the city’s 400th birthday as it continues to stand in honor of our great city,” said Sage Foley, Baton Rouge Green Executive Director.
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