Arbor Day is a chance for us to celebrate nature through the planting and care of trees. The holiday is observed nationally on the last Friday in April, however many states observe this special tree-planting day at different times throughout the year, depending on their growing season.
Arbor Day was officially established in America in 1872 when the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution from J. Sterling Morton to set aside a special day for planting trees. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska Territory in 1854. Being lovers of nature, Mr. Morton and his wife, Caroline, surrounded their home with trees, shrubs and flowers. Mr. Morton, who became editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, used the paper as a forum to educate the public about the importance of trees and agriculture. READ MORE