(News): Arbor Day is Indy free tree day! 

On Friday, April 24, one thousand Indianapolis residents will receive a free Eastern Red Bud tree as part of an Arbor Day event downtown.

Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation & Development Council's "Plant A Million Project" is teaming up with the Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), and the Indianapolis/Marion County Tree Board for a free tree give away on Monument Circle, from noon to 1:00 pm. on Arbor Day, Friday, April 24.

People who visit the booths on the Circle, located on the southeast quadrant in front of the IPL building, will receive one free 2-foot Eastern Redbud tree (limit one tree per family).

Experts will be available to provide tips on tree planting and maintenance techniques, as well as to explain how people can improve their environmental stewardship of our natural resources. Staff will include people from Indy Parks, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Hoosier Heartland Plant A Million Project, Wright Tree Service, Ping Tree Service, IPL, Eagle Creek Nursery, Affordable Trees and Woody Warehouse.

The purpose of the Indy Free Tree program is to promote stewardship of the environment and to educate the public about the benefits of trees and the importance of planting the "Right Tree in the Right Place." Since 1995, more than 300,000 free trees have been given to the public through Indy Free Tree.

The Eastern Redbud is a small deciduous tree that displays an abundance of pink blossoms in the spring. It has large heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It will grow 20 to 30 feet and prefers full sun to partial shade.

The free trees are compliments of the Indy Free Tree program, with financial support from IPL, Wright Tree Service and Ping Tree Service. Other partners include the Indianapolis/Marion County Tree Board and the RC&D Plant A Million project. Woody Warehouse, a tree nursery in Lizton, IN specializing in native Indiana hardwoods, will provide the trees.

To learn more about planting the "Right Tree in the Right Place," visit www.IPLpower.com. For more information on proper tree planting and maintenance or to obtain more information about the Eastern Redbud, visit www.plantamillion.org .

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