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Apr 27, 2018

2018 Arbor Day at Middle Branch Park

Arbor Day is internationally celebrated as a day for everyone to plant trees. It was first started April 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a Nebraskan journalist and tree enthusiast. Here in B-town, it’s an annual event on the last Friday in April that involves school children, the Baltimore City Forestry Board and the Forestry Division of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

On April 27, 2018 we celebrated Arbor Day in Middle Branch Park along the Gwynns Falls Trail. Middle Branch Park had lost several ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer and were replaced with dogwood, cherry, and crabapple. TreeBaltimore supplied the trees and students from New Era Academy, in nearby Cherry Hill, helped plant. 

The Arbor Day ceremony included the presentation of two awards. A Plant Award was given by Anne Gilbert, of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service to the Flowering Tree Trails for their recent tree planting in Druid Hill Park. Ms. Gilbert also presented a TreeCity USA flag and certificate from the Arbor Day Foundation to City Arborist, Erik Dihle that recognizes Baltimore’s commitment to sound urban forestry management.

The Arbor Day ceremony also include the ‘planting’ of a time capsule among the roots of the first tree installed. The time capsule has mementos of current importance to the students, the Forestry Board, Forestry and guests. See you at the 2019 Arbor Day Celebration to be held in Herring Run Park!

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Large groves of flowering and shade trees will expand beyond the path for those who want to linger amidst the colors and scents, to slow down, rest and picnic, play, or daydream.

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