Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” wrote business magnate, investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett.
And that will be the case years from now when the trees planted by the Rotary Club of Orangeburg-Morning (South Carolina, US – D 7770) in observance of Earth Day grow to maturity.
More than 40 trees were planted as part of a directive from the president of Rotary International, according to Morning Club President Ralph Faulling.
“We, along with Rotary International, are trying to plant a tree for every Rotarian on or before Earth Day,” Faulling said.
Rotarians from both the morning and lunch clubs donated two oak trees that were planted in Edisto Memorial Gardens near the retention pond on Seaboard Street.
Later that day, members of the Morning Club planted the remaining trees on private property in Orangeburg County.
Horticulturist Jay Hiers of the City of Orangeburg expressed his gratitude to the two clubs.
“We thank both Rotary groups for adding to the collection of trees in the Edisto Memorial Gardens,” Hiers said.
“Phillip (Carnley), our assistant horticulturist, picked out some different varieties that folks haven’t seen around here, so (they will) hopefully give a little different look,” he said.
Carnley worked with the Rotary clubs to select the two oak trees.
“One of them is a burr oak. The cultivar name is Urban Pinnacle,” Carnley said.
“It’s a long-lived tree, very showy, makes huge acorns, great for wildlife.
“The other one is a swamp white oak,” he said. The cultivar name is Sun Breaker.
“It’s going to have a golden fall colour, also good for wildlife. It’s a lowland species, but they’re both very adaptable to high, drier climates,” he said.
“And they’re just a little bit different, so we’re trying them out to see how well they’ll do,” he said.
Orangeburg Parks and Recreations Department Director Shaniqua Simmons also thanked the Rotarians for the trees.
“We want the citizens of Orangeburg to have a great quality of life and more trees get people out,” Simmons said.
“We want everybody to enjoy the gardens and all other aspects of parks and recreation,” she said.