The City of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs will host an Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 24th at 10 a.m. at City Park, 140 City Park Avenue. The public is invited. Arbor Day, from the Latin word meaning tree, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.
Beautification certificates will be awarded to businesses and public establishments that were nominated for their efforts in Civic Beautification. A tree will be planted in memory and honor of Adelaide Eberly, a longtime advocate of Arbor Day and tree plantings in Portsmouth.
Staff from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office will be on hand to answer questions about the proper way to care and prune trees.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Arbor Day reflects a hope for the future. Trees planted on Arbor Day show concern for future generations. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow, and someday provide wood products, wildlife habitat, erosion control, shelter from the wind and sun, beauty, and inspiration for ourselves and our children.