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Palm Tree Project

Palm Tree Project

Our Story:

Grand Isle has been through a lot in the last 10 years, from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike to the BP oil disaster, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Isaac. Yet the people and spirit of the town have come back stronger than ever. As Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle is a vital first line of defense for the state against hurricanes and a unique wildlife habitat for many species of marine life and birds. It is also an important hub for seafood and the oil industry. As a living testament to the strength and resilience of the people of south Louisiana, the Garden Club of Grand Isle is raising funds to plant palm trees along the main road running through the town, LA Highway 1.

With the help of Louisiana State University Agriculture, we have concluded that the Cabbage (sabal) palm is the best palm for our island. This hearty palm is both drought and wind resistant and will live for decades to come. The project proposes to plant palm trees along both sides of Highway 1, as well as some additional trees at the island’s entrance. The placement of the cabbage palms along Grand Isle’s main thoroughfare will replace lost vegetation, create habitat for wildlife and make the island a more attractive place to live and visit. It will be a new signature feature of the island, serving as a visible sign of its recovery and rebirth for years to come.

Our Plan:

All funds raised will go toward purchasing palm trees, 10- to 12-foot tall, as well as delivery and planting of the trees.

The trees will be planted this Spring so you will soon be able to see what a difference you have made in Grand Isle. Anything we raise over the goal of $15,000 will purchase additional trees for the island.

The Impact:

The palm trees will replace lost vegetation, create habitat for wildlife and beautify the landscape. Their resistance to wind and drought means that these trees will stand for years to come.

How you can Give:

Please donate what you can – every bit helps – and help us spread the word by sharing and telling your friends and employers.
Suggested donations:
$250 (Pelican Photograph)
$400 (A Palm Tree will be planted)
$1,000 (2 Palms and landscaping)
$2.500 (Sponsor Level)
All donors will receive a Grand Isle bumper sticker as a thank you. Your donation to this non-profit is tax deductible. Thank you!

Donate online:

Mail Address:

The Grand Isle Garden Club
P.O. Box 817
Grand Isle, LA 70358

Hand Deliver:

Visitor Center on Highway 1 in Grand Isle (2757 Highway 1, Grand Isle, LA)

E-mail or call us:

985-787-2997, or