Can one person make a difference? A group of Southeast Texas residents are out to prove just that. Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists of Southeast Texas have partnered with County Extension Agent, Roy Stanford and Lutcher Theater Inc. to promote the task of planting trees; giving back to the community something it lost during recent hurricanes. Within the act of tree planting, a message of hope is rooted, as is the encouragement for each of us to make a difference for the good of many.

Referred to as “The Town That Planted Trees,” this campaign kicked off Dec. 12, with the planting of trees at the Bridge City Parks Complex and City Hall. A plant propagation class was held for the public on Jan. 9. 

This campaign has several different components.

Students are invited to participate in these activities along with adults. Specifically, fifth graders at area schools will participate in a poster contest with artwork depicting the group’s tree planting message. Posters will be displayed in the Lutcher Theater lobby and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded prizes. 

On Sunday, March 28, Lutcher Theater Inc. will present “The Man Who Planted Trees.” This delightful puppet show is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission On the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Local sponsorship is provided in part by Temple-Inland. This story celebrates the environment, as a French shepherd sets out with his faithful dog to transform a bleak landscape by the simple act of planting trees. As the years pass, their fledgling forest endures two World Wars and unscrupulous developers to take root and flourish. An inspiring and unforgettable story, this play brilliantly shows the difference one person can make in the world. Two performances of the show will be presented at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students.

“The Man Who Planted Trees” will also be presented as part of the Time Warner Road Runner Series on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All tickets for Monday and Tuesday performances are $3.50. 

Lutcher Theater audience members at each performance will receive a small tree to plant. 

Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at or by calling 886-5535.

The Town That Planted Trees campaign is accentuated with activities at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center including Earthweek and EcoFest.

Related Events:
Jan. 15 – March 15 – Tree planting in the Bridge City area
Feb. 5 – April 4 – Tree planting in the Vidor area
Feb. 20 – Tree planting at the Vidor Pool area
Feb. 22 – 5th grade poster contest begins
Feb. 22 – March 22 – Tree planting in Orange area
March 15 – 5th grade posters due
March 22 – Poster contest winners announced

For more information about any of the above events, please contact Roy Stanford at or 882-7010.

Lutcher Theater Events:
March 28 – 30 – “The Man Who Planted Trees” – Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts

For more information about this production, please contact Lutcher Theater Inc. at or 409.886.5535

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center Events:
Feb. 13 – Leaves for Trees, Shangri La
April 19-23 – Earthweek activities, Shangri La
April 22 – Earth Day, Shangri La
April 24 – EcoFest, Shangri La

For more information about Shangri La Botanical Gardens events, please visit or phone 670-9113