City of Memphis Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, Mar 5, 2021 at 10:00am

Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117


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The Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG) is pleased to host the official City of Memphis Arbor Day Celebration at 10 am. The occasion also celebrates Memphis City Beautiful's 90th anniversary by supporting their Plant the Town Red campaign.

The celebration will include a reading of the Mayor's proclamation, tree planting demonstration, tree giveaway, and a tour of the magnificent trees at MBG.

A 'Wildfire' Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire') will be planted to show support for Memphis City Beautiful's Plant the Town Red campaign. This distinctive tree, with red foliage in spring and fall, was chosen and donated by long time MBG supporter The Dabney Nursery.

The tree giveaway includes three types of saplings to support the Plant the Town Red campaign: Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), which features mixed yellow and red fall foliage, Chestnut Oak or Basket Oak (Quercus montana), with reddish-bronze leaves in the fall, and Red Mulberry (Morus rubra), which showcases both red berries and red fall color. Tree saplings are provided by The Arbor Day Foundation to honor Memphis as a Tree City USA.

Arborist Bo Kelley and Urban Forestry Advisor Linnea West will give a tour through MBG where they will discuss the role and value of trees in both natural and urban environments. Techniques for accurately identifying species in the field will be examined and tips for proper planting and care of trees will be offered.

The event is free and open to the public. Masks and social distancing are required.

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