GROTON -- On Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m., the Friends of the Trees and the Groton Garden Club will host an Arbor Day celebration on Sawyer Common, at the intersection of Hollis Street and Martin's Pond Road.

We will be planting a magnolia virginiana "Moon Glow," a beautiful tree with striking foliage and lemony-ginger scented white flowers that appear in late spring and early summer. This will replace a magnolia that was destroyed by the storm two years ago. The Arbor Day tree will be planted by Tree Warden Tom Delaney and his wonderful crew.

This is the 17th year that the town of Groton has been designated a "Tree City USA." Celebrating Arbor Day annually is one of the requirements for this prestigious award, which is given annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

At this year's celebration, tree-inspired music will be presented by "The Friends of the Trees Singers," culminating in the traditional sing-along "The Ashgrove." We will also be giving away elderberry and persimmon seedlings. These are two great natives to plant in your yards.