Fort Worth to observe Arbor Day

Celebrate the start of tree planting season at an Arbor Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union courtyard, 2901 Stadium Drive.

Events will include local history and lore related to trees, interpretative tree walks, a tree seedlings giveaway and information booths staffed by the Fort Worth Water Department and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful. The event is sponsored by the City of Fort Worth, TCU and Tree Campus USA.

Arbor Day, the tree planting holiday, originated in 1872 as a proposal by J. Sterling Morton to the State Board of Agriculture of Nebraska. By 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. The holiday spread to other states and was celebrated by Fort Worth as early as 1905 when Teddy Roosevelt, the first president to visit Fort Worth, planted a tree for Arbor Day at the Carnegie Library grounds.

While most of the nation celebrates Arbor Day in April, Texas observes the day in the fall, which most experts agree is a better time to establish trees.

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