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Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth consecutive year to honor its commitment to community forestry. Becoming a Tree City USA provides a community with a greater ability to improve community urban forests, encourage tree care and planting programs, enhance livable communities, and of course, benefit the environment.

It has been 142 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Discover opportunities to celebrate Arbor Day below. Arbor Day 2014 was Friday, April 25th. Arbor Day 2015 will be Friday April 24th.


Events & Tree Plantings


Tree planting

Calling All Artists: Or at least those in grades K-12. Enter the AZ Arbor Day poster contest and get your artwork on display at the AZ State Capitol. Deadline is April 16.

Arbor Day Tree Planting: On April 25, the City of Mesa conducted a tree planting at 9:30 a.m.  at the new Botanical Walk at 9320 E. McKellips Road (McKellips and Ellsworth). Zaharis Elementary students assisted.

Arbor Day Proclamation: On April 7, the Arbor Day Proclamation was read at the Mesa City Council Meeting at Council Chambers, 57 E. 1st St. See press release.

Arbor Day Book Readings at Mesa Public Schools: On April 25th volunteers read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss to third grade classes at select Mesa Public Schools. If you are interested in being a volunteer reader next year, call 480-644-3334.

Tree with face

My favorite friendly tree spotted in a Mesa neighborhood.

Tree Planting and Tree Care Guide

Arbor Day Proclamation, 2014

Arbor Day Poster

Tree Hugging Poem

Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert*

Landscape Watering By the Numbers*

Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the AZ Desert*

Plant Selection and Selecting Your Plants

Planting Guidelines: Container Trees and Shrubs

Pruning Deciduous Shade Trees

How to Hire a Tree Expert

AZ Nursery Association Plant Something video for Arbor Day!

Always Call Before You Dig: Locate Utilities Free by Dialing 811 Why? Learn more.

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Arizona Community Tree Council


Get your free printable 2014 Arbor Day Calendar

National Arbor Day Foundation


Call Before You Dig!

City of Mesa supports safe digging when planting trees. Learn more about preventing damage to underground utilities by contacting Arizona Blue Stake.






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