Trees have been celebrated around the world on Arbor Day for over a century.
The first American Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 when Nebraskans planted an estimated 1 million trees. Nebraska journalist and politician, J. Sterling Morton, planted orchards, shade trees and windbreaks on his own farm at Nebraska City. Morton was Secretary of Agriculture for President Cleveland and later served on Nebraska’s Board of Agriculture when he proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and raising awareness of the importance of trees. Nebraska made Arbor Day a legal holiday in 1885, using the date April 22 to commemorate Morton’s birthday. For more on the history of Arbor Day, visit here. The Arbor Day Foundation continues Morton’s work.
National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area. Here in Ohio this year we will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 28th.
As part of their 100-Year Anniversary Celebration, Cleveland Metroparks’ will be giving away 7,000 native tree seedlings this weekend! To learn about other Arbor Day events in Northeast Ohio, check out the Sustainable Cleveland Arbor Day 2017 page.
When planting trees in your yard, be sure to review the Cleveland Tree Plan’s Guide for Species Selection to determine what tree species will have the highest survival rate and provide the greatest benefits.
Some upcoming native plant sales and workshops:
- North Chagrin Reservation – April 30th from 2pm – 3:30pm
- Nature Center at Shaker Lake – May 13th from 9:30am – 1:30pm
- North Chagrin Reservation – May 13th and 14th from 10am – 4pm
- Holden Arboretum – May 20th from 10am – 4pm
- Rocky River Reservation – May 20th and 21st from 10am – 4pm
- GardenWalk Cleveland – Pre-order until May 1st. Pick up on May 13th.
- Native Plant Workshop – Gardening with a Purpose-April 29th in Twinsburg
Whatever you have planned for your Earth Month and Arbor Day celebrations, make sure you show some love to Cleveland’s trees.