Arbor Day

The Fine Earth Arbor Day Tradition – Bringing new life to the Valley

Beginning in 3, Fine Earth, LLC, in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, began a program aimed at providing the community with lasting improvements to selected sites in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia; custom plantings of selected trees in carefully targeted locations, and a special Arbor Day program for area children.

2010
The site selection process for the 2010 is complete and will be officially announced on January 12th.

2009
The new Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

The new campus received a custom planting of over thirty carefully selected trees valued at $13,000.

Contributors
Fine Earth Landscaping
Shenandoah Valley Builders Association
Classic Kitchen & Bath
Valley Renovators
The Irriturf Company
The Law Firm of Layman & Nichols

2008
Arbor Day Gift recipients were the Town of Broadway and Harrisonburg’s Purcell Park.

In Broadway, a barren corner wrapped around a drainage ditch at the town’s Eastern entrance was transformed into a flowering attraction.

At Purcell Park, the special tree planting done at Purcell Park, using mature species selected by Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation Director Lee Foerster, provided a key component to an on-going upgrade of the park.

Site Selection Criteria

Community Impact

Our goal each year is to make a lasting contribution to the community, one that will represent a significant improvement to an existing location and, hopefully, encourage others to do more of the same.

In Broadway, a barren corner wrapped around a drainage ditch at the town’s Eastern entrance was transformed into a flowering attraction.

At Purcell Park, the special tree planting done at Purcell Park, using mature species selected by Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation Director Lee Foerster, provided a key component to an on-going upgrade of the park.

In the case of RMH, our Arbor Day Planting and Celebration happened to coincide with the planned launch of a landscape campaign for the new hospital under the auspices of the RMH Foundation. We were thus positioned to lend a helping hand not only by the gift of “Planting #1”, but also by providing a big publicity boost for this worthy effort.

Scenic Impact

The RMH planting, and the landscaping project it launched, offer the best possible example of scenic impact. As thousands of people pass that corner every day, with a close-up profile of Massanutten Mountain in the background, they’ll see a huge, landscaped compliment to its world renowned environment.

Environmental Impact

The main goal is to leave the environment of the site selected better than we found it, enriching the soil with proper nutrients, providing a lasting solution to soil erosion, etc. The species selected for each planting compliment the soil conditions, aquifer, and surrounding vegetation of the site, using low-impact planting methods and organic starter materials.

Trees For Kids

Fine Earth & SVBA volunteers distribute approximately 500 seedling trees complete with planting instructions, to children in elementary schools throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.