A downpour just minutes before the 11 a.m. start of the Longboat Key Garden Club’s annual Arbor Day celebration Thursday, Jan. 17, in Bicentennial Park, necessitated a quick change of venue, but it didn’t dampen participants’ spirits.
About 35 people shuffled into Longboat Key Town Hall for a ceremony dedicated to former club President Penny Rosenthal who died last May.
“Penny worked tirelessly to maintain Bicentennial Park,” said Virginia Sanders, who served as co-president with Rosenthal from 1994 to 1996. To honor her memory, the Garden Club had a marker made with her name placed in front of a Hawaiian orchid tree.
Sanders recounted memories of Rosenthal at the ceremony and continued her annual tradition of sharing a story about a type of tree. This year, she spoke about the history of chestnut trees.
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