The Planters of Pulaski County, the local gardening club, is trying to make the county a more beautiful place this weekend.

Saturday, the group will be giving away 500 free trees of all types at the pavilion next to the playground in St. Robert near the community center from 8 a.m. to noon.

Planters representative Sharie Keil said the group felt that many trees didn’t survive last year’s drought prompting the tree giveaway. She said they hoped that people would come and take them to plant.

“The whole world needs to have more trees,” Keil said.

The club is hoping that the tree giveaway will help stimulate interest in planting trees, shrubs and gardens. Attendees of the giveaway are invited to take multiple trees, according to Keil.

Keil reported that there would be a large variety of trees being given away Saturday including dogwood, redbud, willows, elderberry, sumac, mulberries, and other types of trees.

“It’s an amazing variety,” Keil said.

Keil said the tree giveaway would be a nice opportunity for children to get their mother’s something for Mother’s Day and plant it in honor of her.

The Planters of Pulaski County sells plants to help raise the money to do this kind of project as well as other types of projects.

Their biggest project the Planters of Pulaski County has taken on is in Devil’s Elbow at the scenic overlook. They have planted and landscaped the spot to enhance it for the thousands of visitors that stop on the popular Route 66 stop.

Other projects that locals might recognize are the planters in Waynesville around the “welcome” sign and a bench in front of the courthouse.

“We do projects that we think will make our area more enhanced,” Keil said.

Keil said the group is always looking for people to join and welcome anyone interested to stop by the tourism bureau in St. Robert to get their contact information. Keil also said the group would be creating a Facebook page soon and people could look for them on Facebook.