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On Friday, March 6, the Morning Glory Garden Club continued its annual tradition of celebrating Tennessee Arbor Day by planting a white dogwood tree in the downtown Veterans Park. Our special thanks …
On Friday, March 6, the Morning Glory Garden Club continued its annual tradition of celebrating Tennessee Arbor Day by planting a white dogwood tree in the downtown Veterans Park. Our special thanks to Jeremy Allen for his assistance.
Arbor Day history: In 1854, J. Sterling Morton moved from Detroit to the area that is now Nebraska. He and other pioneers noticed a lack of trees which were needed to act as windbreaks, to stabilize the soil and to give shade from the sun. He planted trees around his home and encouraged others to do the same. On January 4, 1872, he proposed a holiday to plant trees on April 10 that year. This was known as “Arbor Day.” About one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. All states in the U.S. now have an official Arbor Day at a time of year that has the best weather conditions for planting trees.
In 1875, Tennessee became one of the first states to adopt this special day. In 1925, the Tennessee legislature set “Bird, Flower and Arbor Day” on the first Friday in April. In 1946 it was changed to the first Friday in March. On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to get their hands in the dirt and plant trees!