Arbor Day arrives this year on April 26th. Arbor Day highlights trees. It is a day to honor, care for, and appreciate the trees in our lives. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted that day. Many countries now observe the holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
Dr. Seuss' popular book "The Lorax" said it best. "I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees." This year there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and learn about trees while having a lot of fun. From tree scavenger hunts to pulling the invasive garlic mustard plants.
For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees. Note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection.
Did you know that New York's state tree is the Sugar Maple?
Here are the tree-friendly events happening this weekend:
Arbor Day Family Festival
Planting Fields Arboretum, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Garlic Mustard Pull
Garvies Point, Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A Tree-Mendous Celebration
Old Westbury Gardens, Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Heckscher Spring Festival
Heckscher State Park, Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Guided Spring Bird Walk
Hallockville Museum Farm, Saturday at 9 a.m.
LIU Post Community Arboretum
LIU Post, self-guided walking trail.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Park is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Our Feathered Friends: Discovering Birds for Kids
Bailey Arboretum, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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