In Celebration of Arbor Day! April 29th, 2022

By Jilian April 26th, 2022

What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day-which literally translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor—is a holiday that celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees.

For centuries, communities spanning the globe have found various ways to honor nature and the environment. However, the appreciation of trees and forests in modern times can be largely attributed to Arbor Day.

The day should reflect the appreciation of all trees and emphasizes caring for them to sustainably protect our planet’s natural resources. Planting a tree is a hopeful act – it means you believe in the future.

When is Arbor Day?

Usually, this holiday is observed in spring, but the date varies in some countries depending on climate and suitable planting season. The US National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. So, in 2022, it’s on April 29th.

When was the first Arbor Day?

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10. 1872 in Nebraska. It was championed by Sterling Morton, an American journalist and politician. Morton first proposed a holiday for the planting of trees as a member of Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture. The first Arbor Day included prizes for counties and individuals that planted the most trees on that day. It was a huge success. An estimated one million trees were planted on that day.

“Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.” – Sterling Morton

Go out and plant a tree!

You can plant a tree this Arbor Day! Not sure where to begin? Call a local tree nursery and ask for advice which tree species work best in your area. If you don’t have enough space in your own backyard, no worries- contact your local environmental champions to inquire about Arbor Day community events and join in!

Why do it? –

Trees keep the air clean. Trees hold soil in place. Trees provide shade. Trees prevent flooding and noise pollution...light pollution too. Trees provide shelter against the wind. Trees are fun to climb! Trees heal. Trees bring nature closer to us.

Arbor Day Fun Facts:

The world’s oldest Arbor Day ever recorded took place in Mondonedo, Spain back in 1594. A humble granite marker and a bronze plate recall the event.

The oldest living, non-clonal tree is a Great Basin bristlecone called Methuselah. This pine tree is 4,853 years old and growing high in the White Mountains of Eastern California.

In Korea, Arbor Day is called “Tree Loving Week” and “The Greening Week” in Japan.

Thanks to Arbor Day, billions of trees have been planted worldwide since the campaign began.

Tea Trees and Plants

Camellia sinensis, or tea plant is the most popular plant used for tea-making on earth. Commercial growers use it to produce white, green, oolong, and black teas, using various parts of the plant at different stages of growth, combined with different processing methods, to come up with these various types of tea. Green tea, for example, comes from the young, top leaves and buds in spring.

The twigs and leaves of birch trees can be used to make a flavorful and healthy tea. Birch is considered a good detoxifier and contains anti-inflammatory compounds helpful in treating pain from conditions like arthritis. The flavor of birch twigs has been likened to wintergreen. Choose young twigs and leaves for the best flavor.

All tea plants have different health benefits, and many can even be grown inside. Try one of these plants on its own or mix and match flavors for your own creations.

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