Arbor Day, Feb. 21 in Georgia, is a holiday for individuals, schools, civic clubs, and other organizations to reflect on the importance of trees. It was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton.
Each state has its own Arbor Day depending on the best time to plant trees. In Georgia, the ideal planting season runs November through March, so it celebrates Arbor Day each year on the third Friday in February. National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April.
“Georgia’s Arbor Day is a time for us to pause and recognize that trees are part of our lives and communities,” Trees Atlanta Co-Executive Director Greg Levine said. “Getting your hands dirty by planting or caring for a tree is a fitting way to celebrate. Trees Atlanta hosts a variety of programs and projects so you can do just that.”
Trees Atlanta’s Georgia Arbor Day lineup will include tree-related events for all ages, including tree planting activities, educational school programs, and a special speaker event. Schedule highlights include:
o Trees Atlanta will host a special speaker event featuring Jim Robbins, New York Times science writer and author of “The Man Who Planted Trees,” Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in a talk entitled “The Power of Trees and How It Can Help Save the World.” The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Ave., Atlanta. There are also 1.5 International Society of Arboriculture continuing education unit credits available.
o The WABE 90.1 FM seedling planting will take place Feb. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon both days. These trees are planted in honor of a partnership Trees Atlanta has with WABE in which a 1-year old tree is planted in honor of each donation made during WABE’s spring pledge drive. Trees Atlanta has 3,000 seedlings to plant, and since the first 1,500 were planted in October, the remaining 1,500 will be planted in honor of Georgia Arbor Day. The seedlings will be planted at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and along Freedom Parkway.
o Tour the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expertly trained Trees Atlanta docent. This tour is available every Friday and Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m. During the about two-mile tour, attendees will learn about the BeltLine including design and history, the horticultural collections of the arboretum and experience first-hand the positive changes the project is having on Atlanta’s communities.
For information and to register for events, call (404) 522-4097 or visit www.treesatlanta.org.