Georgia Arbor Day

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February 20, 2015

This year, Trees Atlanta will be hosting several Arbor Day celebrations throughout the state during the week leading up to Georgia’s Arbor Day. 

“We are offering something for everyone this Arbor Day,” said Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director, Greg Levine. “No matter what your age or whether you are a morning or evening person, we’ve got a great way for you to say ‘thank you’ to the trees that make Atlanta home.”

Starting on Sunday, February 15th, Trees Atlanta’s Georgia Arbor Day lineup will include tree planting activities, youth and adult educational workshops, speaker events, art hunts, tree walks, and much more.  Check them out here!

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Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation. J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day, initiated the holiday in Nebraska in 1872. He said, “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

The first Georgia Arbor Day was proclaimed by the Georgia General Assembly in December, 1890. In 1941, the General Assembly set the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day. While National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April, it is too warm at that time of the year to plant trees in Georgia. Trees should be planted between November and mid-March so they will have a better chance of becoming established before the onset of summer heat.