Joe Green

By Jill Fox

For his positive impact in the community Parkland’s library director is being recognized with a special “honor tree” at the community garden.

As director of the Parkland Library for the last six years, Joe Green’s expertise hasn’t solely been about books – he has been instrumental in helping to create the community garden at the Parkland Recreational Center.

Green, who lives in Lake Worth with his wife, Marcia, said he’s been gardening since he was five years old, and growing up, he always had gardens, however, his homeowners association doesn’t allow them, so he was thrilled when the city gave him the opportunity to plant this one.

Green has also worked with the Boy Scouts on multiple occasions by assisting them while they developed a butterfly garden on the grounds, as well as a contemplation garden inside of the community garden, which allow teenagers and others to reflect, meditate and find peace.

In addition to Green’s work in libraries for over 30 years, he has been involved with various gardens in and around Parkland.

Kathy Kestler, president of Friends of the Library said Green has made a positive impact on the community by being a strong leader and spearheading the library expansion, which was his vision because of the significant growth in the Parkland population.

“We needed an expansion and Joe was instrumental in doing the research, speaking with the city commissioners and getting it moved forward,” she said.

To honor Green, a  ylang ylang tree was purchased and planted by Parkland Friends of the Library to honor how much he has done for the community. Typically these trees will begin blooming around three or four years old.

Green said this is an award outside of his career, so he sees it more as a recognition of community service.

“It came as a complete surprise. It’s the nicest honor I have ever received as an adult,” said Green.

On Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m., city officials and Friends of the Library will gather for a presentation of “Mr. Joe Green Honor Tree” at the community garden located at the P-REC, 10559 Trails End. Attendees can enjoy music from Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and light refreshments.