The State Arboretum Wants You to Speak for the Trees

Can You Speak For Our Trees?

The State Arboretum needs several people to give voice to their trees.

Visitors to the newly renovated interpretive trail at the arboretum will hear minute-long stories about the different kinds of trees they see – stories about the tree’s place in our cultural history or about the ecology of the tree in our modern world. The audio stories will be available to visitors by approaching a tree in the arboretum and dialing the tree’s phone number or surfing to its web site.

First however, the voices must be recorded and that is where the public can get involved. The Arboreteum is holding phone auditions for the voice of the trees. Anyone who is interested can audition by reading provided text into the arboretum’s answering machine or into your own recording device and providing the arboretum with a copy. Deadline for submission is April 15th. For submission details, visit http://blandy.virginia.edu/arboretum-tree-audition.

As a thank you, participants will receive an honorary tree planted in their name or that of a loved-one, complete with planting ceremony, as part of the honorary tree program, and a year-long membership in the Foundation of the State Arboretum.