Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the Commonwealth on the last Friday of April. In Arlington, the DPW Tree Division distributes seedlings to children in selected grade schools in Town on a rotating basis. The Arlington Garden Club also celebrates the day with a tree planting event.
This national holiday originated in 1854 when pioneers who had moved to the Nebraska Territory from the East grew homesick for the forests they had left behind. A newspaper editor, J. Sterling Morton, did such a good job promoting the first Arbor Day that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. The idea spread quickly, and Arbor Day is now observed in all fifty states and internationally.
For more information, visit www.arborday.org.