A break in rainy spring weather presented an opportunity to plant Cape Girardeau’s first urban orchard. The effort is part of the recent revival of community gardening in the city. Volunteers could be seen, shovels in hand, planting the trees Wednesday afternoon. The event was delayed from Friday — the day Missouri celebrates Arbor Day — because of bad weather. The orchard sits next to the new demonstration garden at the Shawnee Park Center. Nine trees were planted: three peach, three pear and three apple. It’s necessary to plant multiple trees for pollenation purposes. Parks and recreation director Julia Thompson says the trees also are disease-resistant. She and Robert Harris, who’s been a leading advocate and volunteer for the city’s community gardens for many years say it takes about three to five years to get a good foundation. Members of the public interested in becoming involved with the community garden may contact the city’s parks and recreation department.