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First Lady to plant seedling at Ala. Capitol

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

First Lady Dianne Bentley is scheduled to plant a sycamore seedling this afternoon in celebration of Arbor Week. The planting will take place during a ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol at 1:30pm. 

At 12 inches tall, the sycamore seedling that will be planted has been cultivated from the historic "Battlefield Sycamore." The Battlefield Sycamore is currently growing outside the Governor's Office on the northwest side of the Capitol.

The tree was planted on the Capitol grounds more than 100 years ago and grew from a seedling that was taken from a Civil War battlefield in Virginia. The new seedling will be planted on the opposite side of the Capitol near the Circle of Flags.  

Also on Wednesday, Mrs. Bentley will present an Arbor Week proclamation to Mary Grace Geiger, the 2012 winner of the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Geiger is a student at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville. The proclamation was signed by Governor Robert Bentley. 

Arbor Week started this past Sunday, February 19, and continues through Saturday, February 25.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor's Press Office

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