Tree sale branches out to a unique event

AURORA – The forestry division is bringing the trees, and Aurora Water is bringing the plants. All you need to do is bring a large vehicle and get there early.

On Saturday, the City of Aurora will be celebrating its 30th year as a Tree City USA with their fourth annual Tree Sale and Arbor Day Garden Expo.

This year, the trees were hand-picked by the city's forestry division and they'll be sold in 15-gallon containers instead of 5-gallon containers, but there will be fewer trees, and they'll be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to Sherri Jo Stowell, a spokesperson for the Aurora Parks and Recreation and Open Space Department.

In past years, green thumbs were required to pre-order trees and pick them up the day of the tree sale, but people always showed up the day of the sale wanting to purchase a tree, Stowell said. So this year, they're experimenting with the first-come, first-serve approach. Because this is a new sales approach, there will be fewer trees available for sale because they wanted to make sure that all of the trees made it into the ground.

If trees aren't really your thing, Aurora Water is selling drought-tolerant plants, the forestry division is bringing boom trucks and other heavy machinery for the kiddos to check out, there will be tours of the city's Xeriscape garden, classes about xeriscaping and irrigation and tree and plant disease experts will be available for planting tips.

The sale begins at 10 a.m. at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.

If you're planning on purchasing a tree, don't forget to "Call Before You Dig." To initiate a request to have underground utilities located and marked, Aurora residents should contact UNCC online or dial 811 at least 72 business hours before digging or beginning a project.

The city also recommends using an SUV or truck, bringing a tarp or blanket to protect interior upholstery and to drive 30 mph or slower to safely transport trees home.

See pictures and read more about the 44 trees being sold by visiting:

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