This year marks the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day. Since 1872, people have set aside a special day dedicated to tree planting. To celebrate Arbor Day, first lady of Nebraska Susanne Shore joined us at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, the former home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Morton founded the tree planter’s holiday because of his own admiration of trees. It’s estimated that he planted as many as 10,000 trees during his lifetime — many of which were rare varieties including heirloom apple trees — on his estate that later earned recognition as an arboretum. The mansion stands as a historic attraction and landmark of the origin of Arbor Day.
On the inaugural Arbor Day more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska. The benefits these trees provide will have a lasting impact for many Arbor Days to come.
Enjoy these photos of this year’s tree planting ceremony at the former home of the founder of Arbor Day.