Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, and is a special day that is set aside throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role that they play in our environment. The day is celebrated on different dates around the world, depending on local seasons and temperature. This is because one of the features of Arbor Day is the planting of trees which is best done at certain times of the year. The customary observance is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted.
Although Arbor Day has been celebrated for well over 100 years, its relevance today is as strong as it was when the day it was first celebrated. When people wonder about the importance of Arbor Day, they only have to look at the destruction and long term damage that deforestation has on the environment to realize that the issues are as important today as they have ever been. Trees can no longer be taken for granted and it is important that we all learn more about trees and the role that they play in order to fully appreciate their place in our environment.
Planting a tree is much more than merely digging a hole. Be sure to select a good planting site, select the right tree and follow planting instructions for the type of tree you are planting.
For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees. Note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection. Take a trip to your local nursery to see what’s available and to get new ideas. Walk around your neighborhood. Are there any public areas where tree planting or tree maintenance might make a real difference to your community? And, oh yes, plant a tree.
Did you know…
America has a national tree, and it’s all thanks to Arbor Day. In 2004, the National Arbor Day Foundation hosted a vote on its website for a national tree. The winner pulled ahead early and never flagged: The oak tree.
In December 2004, Congress passed legislation designating the oak as America’s national tree, touting its infamous strength. The oak won 101,000 votes in the National Arbor Foundation contest. The redwood came in second place with 81,000 votes. Dogwood, maple and pine rounded out the top five contenders.
All the pictures shown in this post were taken within our Bristol Village community. The entire Village believes in planting, growth, environment issues, and beauty when it comes to our journey paths and living here in this community.
So, how are you celebrating Arbor Day this year? Join the dialogue, and with pen in hand, let us know your experiences.
As always, I am…the green-thumbed Boomer Explorer.