BR Arbor Day luncheon set Jan. 16 at Lod Cook Center

Baton Rouge Green will celebrate Arbor Day with its annual Arbor Day Luncheon at noon Jan. 16 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, 3848 W. Lakeshore Drive.

Advance reservations are required and tickets and table sponsorships for the luncheon are available from the Baton Rouge Green office, (225) 381-0037 or batonrougegreen.com. Individual tickets are $50; table-for-10 sponsorships are $600 and include a reserved table and 10 tickets.

Registration and seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Margie Y. Jenkins, of Jenkins Nursery in Amite. She will speak on “The Importance of Native Species.”

Kamran Abdollahi, of Southern University’s Urban Forestry Program, will present “Structure, Function and Value of Baton Rouge’s Urban Forest.”

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Although celebrated in most of the country later in the year, Louisiana’s Arbor Day is always the third Friday in January.

Baton Rouge Green will be planting trees around the city during Arbor Week. On Jan. 18, Baton Rouge Green will assist volunteers as they plant trees at “Arbor Day at Burden.”

Anyone interested in participating should contact the Baton Rouge Green office.