In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed that a day be set aside to honor the planting of trees. This day was observed as Arbor Day and during the first year over one million trees were planted; today events are held in all 50 states and around the world to recognize Arbor Day.
In Tennessee, Arbor Day is celebrated annually in March. Memphis City Beautiful partners with the Memphis Tree Board, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (West TN Chapter) and other city and private organizations to conduct the official City of Memphis Arbor Day tree planting and ceremony.
This is also conducted as one of the requirements to maintain the City of Memphis Tree City USA status.
For more information on Arbor Day or Tree City, USA contact Memphis City Beautiful or go to: