Happy Arbor Day!
According to an article by the Arizona State Forestry Division, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska. As the population of Nebraska was quickly rising, residents found they needed more trees. The addition of more trees would help them to provide more shade, building material and have countless other benefits.
Since 1872, Arbor Day has spread to all 50 states and other countries, as well.
Not everyone celebrates Arbor Day on the same day, though. Some states and countries choose days that make for the best planting days in their community so the trees will be healthier and more efficient.
Arizona is celebrating Arbor Day Friday, April 25.
Things to Do
Many cities around the Valley are celebrating Arbor Day and you can join in on the Earth-friendly fun.
Friday morning, the City of Mesa will be hosting a special tree-planting event . The public is welcome to help plant trees starting at 9:30 to liven up the new Botanical Walk near McKellips and Ellsworth Roads.
If you're heading to Tempe Friday evening, consider running or walking in the Tempe Arbor Day 5K . Registration is $25 at the event. There will also be a kid's fun run for free. The event expo opens at 4:40 p.m.
Chandler has a variety of family events planned for Arbor Day and the coming weekend. An Arbor Day celebration will be help Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with vendors, crafts, presentations and more at Veterans Oasis Park. A family bike ride will be held on Saturday, as well as a "Star Party " Saturday night to learn about the night sky.
The City of Patagonia between Nogales and Tucson will be holding their annual EARTHfest Saturday. Guests can enjoy all-day activities like hiking, biking, cooking classes, music entertainment, fundraising activities, workshops, tours and more.
There will be a variety of native trees on display near Arizona State Capitol to celebrate the holiday week. Fifteen different native trees can be admired between the House of Representatives and Senate buildings.
If you want to celebrate on your own, the Arbor Day Foundation offers memberships starting at $10. You can plant trees in your own yard with trees they send you or they can plant trees in forests in your honor. The foundation also offers subscriptions to different Arbor Day-related publications.
Celebrate without the help of the Arbor Day Foundation by planting a variety of plants and trees in your own yard. Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine offers a great list of things to plant. Whether you want to plant a Palo Verde tree, rose bushes or just add some simple summer herbs and vegetables to your garden, celebrating in any way will nurture the environment.
The City of Phoenix offers an interactive map of trees , including type and location in Phoenix parks. In addition, the map has calculations of the financial benefits these trees bring to the city.