Tour the trees of Myr­tle Hill Ceme­tery to­day

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Par­tic­i­pants will meet at the new mau­soleum off Bran­ham Av­enue, at 1:45 p.m.

This af­ter­noon, Rome res­i­dents can en­joy a tour of the trees at Myr­tle Hill Ceme­tery.

Led by Keith Mick­ler, Floyd County Ex­ten­sion Agent, and Rome’s City Ar­borist, Terry Paige, the tour will al­low Rome and area res­i­dents to learn more about the trees of Myr­tle Hill while get­ting a lit­tle ex­er­cise.

Mick­ler said par­tic­i­pants can ex­pect a lot of laugh­ter as well as a wealth of knowl­edge about the trees of Myr­tle Hill and an in­sight about prom­i­nent is­sues fac­ing trees such as drought stress and con­struc­tion dam­age. The walk will also in­cor­po­rate dis­cus­sion on re­place­ment trees.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to meet at the Mau­soleum, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Myr­tle Hill Ceme­tery off Bran­ham Av­enue, at 1:45 p.m. wear­ing walk­ing shoes.

The tour will be­gin at 2 p.m. and last about 2 hours.

The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

The tree tour will fol­low the paved path that winds up Myr­tle Hill with the oc­ca­sional set of stairs. How­ever, the guides will at­tempt to ac­com­mo­date all par­tic­i­pants.

“We just ex­pect peo­ple to have a good time and bring loads of ques­tions,” Mick­ler said. “We may not be able to an­swer all of them but we sure will try.”

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