The day was a resounding success and more than one million trees were planted on that day. Mr. Morton's home, known as Arbor Lodge, was a testament to his love for trees, and inspired the name of the holiday; Arbor Day. Many years and countless millions of trees later, the tradition of Arbor Day continues. Inscribed on a monument in his memory are these very true words; "Other holidays repose upon the past, Arbor Day proposes for the future."
In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of many people who recognized the need for raising awareness of the value of trees in our society. The collective enthusiasm for the importance of Arbor Day in South Africa inspired the national government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, from 1 to 7 September.
Trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of our communities and every year gardeners, schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to educate people about trees and to help disadvantaged communities, who often live in barren areas, to plant and maintain trees.
If the trees of the year are not suitable for your region, then you are encouraged to plant other more suitable indigenous trees, and if your garden is small and cannot contain another tree, you can plant anything indigenous, no matter how small.
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