Most of us know that Arbor Day is a holiday celebrated by planting trees. The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 19 1872 and an estimated million trees were planted that day. Arbor Day is now celebrated worldwide, though dates vary, of course, due to climate and other considerations. The best time for planting trees in Georgia is between November and mid-March so this year, Georgia’s Arbor Day will be celebrated on February 17th. The Georgia Forestry Commission is encouraging everyone to get out there and plant a tree and leave “a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Do you want to learn more about planting and tending trees in Georgia? Check out these resources from DCPL.
- Trees of Georgia and Adjacent States by Claud L. Brown and Katherine Kirkman.
- Month by Month Gardening in Georgia: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year by Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener
- The Southern Living Garden Book by the editors of Southern Living
…and young gardeners can learn more about Arbor Day and trees with Arbor Day by Kelly Bennett and Tree by David Burnie which is part of the wonderful Eyewitness series of photograph laden, non-fiction books for children. If you’re interested in planting more trees throughout the year, you could also become involved with Trees Atlanta, a non-profit group dedicated to replenishing the urban forest in metro Atlanta.