Arbor Day Tree Dedication

Each year since 1995, in honor of Arbor Day, Spring City Garden Club has selected someone who has dedicated his or her life, by vocation or avocation to the environment. A tree and site are selected and in a spring or autumn ceremony, the tree is planted and dedicated in our honorees’ name.

  • 1995   Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • 1996   City of Waukesha’s 150th Anniversary
  • 1997   SCGC Six Charter Members,
    • Elizabeth Brenkle
    • Connie Dobson
    • Betty Hanson
    • Millie Johnson
    • Arlene Hass- Friedrichsen
    • Doris Moyle
  • 1998   John Muir
  • 1999   Waukesha Mayor Paul Vrakas
  • 2000   Aldo Leopold
  • 2001   Dave Liska, Waukesha City Forester
  • 2002   Eugene Smallee, research arborist
  • 2003   Habitat for Humanity House
  • 2004   Professor Ed Hasselkus and Rudy Schoenecker
  • 2005   Waukesha Mayor Carol Lombardi
  • 2006   Olympic Medal Winners, Morgan and Paul Hamm
  • 2007   No trees dedicated
  • 2008   Fox River Park, seven Legacy trees
  • 2009   Lady Bird Johnson
  • 2010   Gaylord Nelson
  • 2011   Increase Lapham, author and Wisconsin’s first naturalist, scientist, weather observer.
  • 2012   Frank Hedgecock, many years of service to the Waukesha Planning Commission.
  • 2013   Ralph North, contributions to city of Waukesha including concrete foxes on city’s bridges.
  • 2014   No trees dedicated
  • 2015   Chris Linder (27-year SCGC member) and Nancy Abrahamson (26-year SCGC member)
  • 2016   Evie Vrakas and Pat Heisdorf (both 25-year SCGC members)
  • 2017   Ruth “Schmitty” Theil, collecting litter/recyclables in four Waukesha Co. parks