Today we are celebrating National Arbor Day!
National Arbor Day began in Nebraska, which in the 1800’s was severely lacking in trees all across their open plains. On January 4, 1872, a man named J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday to be called “Arbor Day” at a meeting of the State Board of Agriculture. The date was set for April 10, 1872.
J. Sterling Morton was from Detroit Michigan, and moved with his wife to the great state of Nebraska in 1852. Morton and his wife were lovers of nature, and planted trees and flowers of all kinds around their big house. This, along with Morton’s extensive studies in Agriculture, prompted Morton to help found Arbor Day. It is estimated that 1 million trees were planted on the first ever Arbor Day. That’s a LOT of trees!
Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. It is a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help grow nature and cleanse the environment. The National Arbor Day Foundation provides millions of trees for planting each year. It is estimated that 18 million tress are planted each year on Arbor Day. How crazy is that?
If you would like to participate in this pawsome holiday, Better Homes and Gardens has a wonderful guide to help you through the process. Click here to read all about it. Happy planting!
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