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Janice Davis left Hobart Garden Club gives tree Chris Angelov Hobart during annual tree giveaway RobinsLake Park which this year

Janice Davis, left, of the Hobart Garden Club, gives a tree to Chris Angelov, of Hobart, during the annual tree giveaway at Robinson Lake Park, which this year was co-hosted by the Friends of Robinson Lake and Hobart Garden Club. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 14, 2014 6:13AM



HOBART — Roberta Marek was excited Saturday as she left Robinson Lake Park with redbud and ninebark trees.

Marek said she recently built a new home in Portage and there was no landscaping at the site.

“This is the year I get to plant something,” she said, adding she was happy to be able to do all her own plantings.

Marek was one of dozens of people at the Hobart park early Saturday when the Friends of Robinson Lake began their annual tree giveaway.

The nonprofit group purchases the trees from the state nursery with proceeds it receives from its annual rummage sale and gives them out on a first-come, first-served basis until noon or until they’re gone, member Zeta Allen said.

This year, the group gave away ninebark, redbud, swamp white oak and pecan trees. The Friends of Robinson Lake were joined for the first time by the Hobart Garden Club, which gave away flowering dogwoods.

“We were here at 8:30 (a.m.) and there already were about 100 people here,” said Jim Pavelka, who is with the garden club.

He said they had given away half the trees they brought by 9:20 a.m.

About 500 trees were to be given away.

Chris Angelov, of Hobart, picked up dogwoods, redbuds and ninebarks for herself and her neighbor. She said they planned to plant them in the woods by the Laurawood subdivision where they live.

“Hopefully, the deer won’t eat them,” she said.



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