Earth Day isn't the only thing to celebrate this month - Friday, April 28 marks the 151st anniversary of Arbor Day and the 51st anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation! The holiday originated in Nebraska in 1972 and is now celebrated in all 50 states as well as numerous other countries. The founder, Julius Sterling Morton, recognized the many benefits of trees including their ability to provide shade, clean air, preventing soil erosion, and boosting the economy. Read on to learn more about resources for planting and maintaining trees in Wheat Ridge, as well as upcoming events.
Tree Sale - April 15 & 16
The Wheat Ridge Forestry Division will be hosting a Tree Sale at Anderson Park on Saturday April 15 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday April 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be 17 different species available at wholesale prices ($75 - $80). Trees are 1 inch caliper/diameter, in #7 pots. Trees will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. View the available tree species here.
Tree Planting at Happiness Gardens - May 5
Happiness Gardens, located at 4226 Ammons Street in Wheat Ridge, provides community garden plots for gardeners to grow and share fruits, vegetables, and flowers and has been in operation for over 50 years. The garden has been awarded a grant to incorporate walking paths, a sensory garden, a native plants demonstration garden, and a food forest in conjunction with the Community First Foundation and Denver Urban Gardens.
A tree planting event with Denver Urban Gardens will take place on Friday, May 5. Stay tuned for additional information to follow soon!
Check out these resources on Arbor Day and learn how to plant and care for trees in our community.