The Gonzales Garden Club planted and donated a Natchez crepe myrtle to the Gonzales Police Department during a ceremony on Jan. 15, attended by members of the garden club and their families, Police Chief Sherman Jackson and Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

“This crepe myrtle is a special tree for me personally, as they were my grandmother’s favorite. In her honor, I’ll be naming this tree Alice and will cherish watching it grow,” Jackson said.

Gonzales Garden Club President Priscilla Monson gave the opening remarks, followed by an invocation by the Rev. Harry “Peter” Harrington, who spoke of the life that stems from trees and their significance in sustainability.

Chairwoman Loretta Ramirez presented the tree to Jackson, who thanked the group along with Arceneaux. Cathy Venable read a poem, “What Do We Plant When We Plant The Tree,” by Henry Abbey.

The ceremony ended with a thank you from Co-chairwoman Mabel Savoy and a reading by garden club member Kat Hightower.