Arbor Day

Gulf Shores celebrates 32nd Anniversary as a Tree City USA on Arbor Day Feb. 23

The City of Gulf Shores and the Beautification Board held its annual Arbor Day Celebration to celebrate the 32nd year as a Tree City USA on Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center.

Residents of each household within city limits were able to select four different trees from the six varieties: American Hornbeam, American Snowbell, Bitternut Hickory, Catalpa, Cherry Laurel and Chinese Chestnut.

2018 Poster Contest Winners

The 2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest winners from Gulf Shores Elementary School are:

1st Place: Fynnegean Stanford
2nd Place: Jazzlynn Ortiz
3rd Place: Tessa Blount
4th Place: Ariana Daily

The Beautification Board of the City of Gulf Shores sponsors the Alabama Arbor Day poster contest for students in fifth grade. Mrs. Marlene Johnt works with the students to develop concepts and techniques. Posters are judged with winners at the local level. The first place piece is submitted to the Alabama poster contest. This year, Fynn Stanford received recognition for 3rd place. She is the daughter of Flannery and Jeremy Stanford. All local winning artists are presented prizes donated from local businesses. Participating companies are Waterville, The Track, Pirate’s Island,  Matt’s Ice Cream, and the City of Gulf Shores. 

Arbor Day Contest Winners

2018 State Poster Contest

Gulf Shores Elementary School 5th grader, Fynnegean Stanford, attended the 2019 Alabama Arbor Day Poster contest recognition in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 27. Finnegan’s poster received third place in the state competition.

Fynnegean had the opportunity to meet with Governor Kay Ivey. She received a signed golden shovel, which was used to help plant a tree on the Capitol grounds. Several other organizations recognized her accomplished artwork with individual gifts.

Fynn is the daughter of Flannery and Jeremy Stanford. Mrs. Angela Mott, Project Jubilee, is her instructor. The Beautification Board of the City of Gulf Shores sponsors the Alabama Arbor Day Contest annually.


For more information about Arbor Day, contact the Public Works Department at 251-968-1156.