The poet Joyce Kilmer, in 1913, wrote the oft-quoted lines, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree."
The Huntington Beach Tree Society, though, is encouraging people to come as close as they can on Arbor Day.
The nonprofit society plans to host a tree-planting dedication Tuesday in front of the traffic median at Main Street and Adams Avenue. As part of the festivities, President Jean Nagy and others have invited visitors to present their favorite poems about trees.
"Probably the tree is lovelier than the poem will ever be," said Nagy, who admitted that Kilmer was probably right.
Society and city officials will gather at 10 a.m. in front of First Christian Church at 1207 Main St. to dedicate the planting of four Camphor trees on the median.
Four years ago, the society and city began planting Camphors on medians stretching several blocks on Main Street, and the upcoming planting is the last phase.