It is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on when the best tree planting times are in their area. Arbor Day is observed throughout the United States during the month of April, and it is always celebrated on the last Friday in April.
J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer who planted trees in the arid country of Nebraska, is recognised as the founder of Arbor Day, which originated in Nebraska. While working as a writer and as the editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, he advocated for the cultivation of trees across the state’s wide plains.
In his capacity as secretary of the Nebraska Territory, he proposed that the newly formed state of Nebraska dedicate the 10th of April to the planting of trees and award prizes to organisations that successfully planted the most trees in the correct manner.
On the very first Arbor Day, in 1872, residents of Nebraska planted almost one million trees, and they have continued this tradition every year since then.
The holiday has spread throughout the U.S. and the world. Currently The National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes cities for their accomplishments in tree planting, designating them as a Tree City USA.
My own little town of La Mesa, California takes pride in its La Mesa Beautiful organization that has planted trees throughout our community, enabling La Mesa to be designated a Tree City USA for many years.
If you’d like to see when your state’s Arbor Day is celebrated (based mostly on appropriate local tree planting dates) check out the map at http://www.arborday.org/arborday/arborDayDates.cfm.
The connection to quilts? Many quilt blocks have a tree, leaf, and plant theme. My theory is that with the emphasis on trees and nature during the late 1800s, quilters created block patterns to honor nature.
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