I lived overseas as a kid, and celebrated Arbor Day in Germany (“Tag des Baumes”) and Spain (reportedly the first country in the world to host a civic arbor festival, starting in the 1590s). My school experience on this lower-tier holiday was similar in Germany, Spain, and the USA: I stuck a tree in a pre-dug hole, got a little mud on my patent-leather shoes, and sang a song (mostly in tune) about shrubbery.
Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, is coming up – but do people still celebrate it? Will YOU do anything special on April 28 to honor trees, shrubs, flowers, and nature in general?
Gleaned from the Local History Archive, here are a few Fort Collins Arbor Day pictures and objects.
Two images from the 1960s:
We wish you a happy Arbor Day! In case your knowledge of its history is a little rusty, here’s a brief recap from the Arbor Day Foundation website:
“Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers. Morton was a journalist and soon became editor of Nebraska’s finest newspaper. … His fellow pioneers missed their trees; but, more importantly, trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the hot sun. … On January 4, 1872, 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. … It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.”