Arbor Day

April 28, 2017 all-day
Corning Visitor Center grounds
Free admission to the grounds - nonmember tickets for Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower $4 for adults, $2 for children

This year’s Arbor Day Celebration will be a single day event on Friday, April 28. The two-day celebration of trees with family activities is being moved to Aug. 12 – 13.

Arbor Day is the annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.  The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life.  The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow and, some day, provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from the wind and sun, beauty, and inspiration for ourselves and our children.    Trees are truly gifts that keep on giving as they filter pollution from the air and even help lower energy bills through the virtue of their shade.    Arbor Day is more than a holiday. It is a promise to the earth — celebrating a desire to enrich our homes and communities with the natural abundance that trees bring to our lives.

Free Tree Seedling Giveaway

Holden Forests & Gardens will hold a free seedling giveaway at both the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden from 10am to 4pm on Friday, while supplies last. One seedling per family.

Bartlett Tree Expert CompanyAt the Arboretum, the seedling will be a cornelian cherry, a member of the dogwood family, which thrives in well-drained urban conditions. Sponsored by the Bartlett Tree Experts.

Davey Tree Expert Co.At the Botanical Garden, the tree will be a white pine, which grows rapidly in moist, well-drained acidic soils in full sun. Sponsored by the Davey Tree Expert Co.

Children visiting either the Arboretum or Botanical Garden can also enjoy three-themed children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday.

At the Arboretum, activities are planned at the Corning Visitor Center from 10am to 4pm. At the Botanical Garden, children’s activities will be held in the Hershey Children’s Garden from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday.

Arbor Day Lecture:  Cultivating Plant Conservation For The Future

Friday, April 28, 7pm

Kayri Havens, PhD, Chicago Botanic Garden

Plant species are increasingly threatened as habitat loss, invasive species and climate change become even more severe. Havens will discuss how organizations, national and global alike, are tackling the threats to plants while addressing conservation plans for the future. Join us for this informative talk about plant blindness, how climate change affects plants, and building large-scale restoration capacity. The role of the updated Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, the National Seed Strategy and other recent policy documents in providing a road map for successful plant conservation will also be explored.

The Arbor Day lecture is free, but please register if you plan to attend.

Exhibit: Shedding Light On The Working Forest

9am – 5pm, daily at the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center

The Holden Arboretum will host the traveling exhibition Shedding Light on the Working Forest, which celebrates the landscape of the working forest and the voices of those who have honed skills into a livelihood there.

Shedding Light draws on the artistic friendship of a painter, Kathleen Kolb, and a poet, Verandah Porche, who are committed to subjects that have been largely overlooked by the arts. Despite public concern about climate change and sustainability, many people are unaware of what actual work goes on in the forest around them. Vital ecosystem services provided by the forest are often poorly understood. Shedding Light portrays the unseen work of loggers, foresters, mill operators, artisans and others through the eyes of a skilled artist. Learn more about the exhibit.