What is Arbor Day?

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On Arbor Day, we celebrate trees and encourage tree planting.  It is a unique holiday because we take the chance to celebrate the future instead of a past event.  During Arbor Day celebrations, people around the country plant trees throughout various locations.  The goal is to make a better future by repopulating our landscape with trees.  Here are some quick facts from arborday.org:

  • It was first celebrated in 1872, in Nebraska
  • Historians consider J. Sterling Morton, a journalist, the founder of Arbor Day
  • More than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day

Today, we celebrate national Arbor Day on the last Friday in April; however, all fifty states celebrate a statewide Arbor Day on the date most appropriate for tree planting in their area.  Here in Florida, we celebrate on the third Friday in January.

What do you have planned for Arbor Day?

Be sure to check out our blog on Winter Trees in Southwest Florida.

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