Arbor Day
Friday, April 24, 2015

Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and is celebrated in a number of countries.

It was founded officially by J. Sterling Morton in 1872.  By the 1920s each state in the United States had passed public laws that stipulated a certain day to be Arbor Day or Arbor and Bird Day observance.  These dates were established depending on climate and suitable planting times.  Spring is the season in which our Arbor Day celebration is held.

Today, Arbor Day is observed nationally, and it has garnered considerable recognition throughout various parts of the world.

In the United States, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.  
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Old Tjikko
This ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains in Sweden.  At 9,550 years, Old Tjikko is the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age.  To figure out the hardy spruce’s age, scientists carbon-dated its roots.  For thousands of years, the forbidding tundra-climate kept Old Tjikko in shrub form.  But as weather warmed over the last century, the shrub has grown into a full-fledged tree. The spruce’s discoverer, geologist Leif Kullman, named the tree after his dead dog.
     ...The Oldest Trees On The Planet

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
.....Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918

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