Arbor Day

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Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2010 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 147 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 2019 is Friday April 26.

 Events & Tree Plantings

 Tree Planting

 Be sure to check back for events.


Mesa Celebrates Arbor Day: Read our press release about how we are celebrating.


Tree Planting: Will take place at Aripine Park, 915 S. Horne at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 25. We are working with Holmes Elementary kindergarten students who will help us plant the tree.


Living Green Village: On April 13 twenty-nine exhibitors talked about green living at Celebrate Mesa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 526 E Main St. in Mesa. Participants stopped by to get a free photo at the Tree Hugging booth, visited our "Ask An Arborists" and Trees Matter booths. We also had tree value tags hanging around the park. See pics from last year. Here's a list of 2019 vendors.


Arbor Day Proclamation Reading: On April 15, show your support by attending a City Council Meeting where the Nature Conservancy & others will help read the Mayor's 2019 Arbor Day Proclamation [PDF].


Arbor Day, Friday April 26: We'll be sending 12 volunteers into 24 Mesa Public School classrooms to read The Lorax and to provide Blue Palo Verde seeds (the AZ State Tree) to students for their planting curriculum. Contact us if you'd like to volunteer.


See our 2018 Arbor Day & Tree City USA Activities


City of Mesa Sustainability Programs

Earth Day/Arbor Day Events and Information


Contact Donna DiFrancesco with any Arbor Day inquiries! 480-644-3334


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-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!


contact us to get hard copies of these booklets.


-Trees Are Cool - we're giving extra dollars to our Grass-to-Xeriscape incentive recipients for planting trees. See details in the incentive application form


-Trees Matter is a nonprofit who's mission is to inspire and promote an increased tree canopy in the valley


-Arizona Community Tree Council

Arbor Day Tree Planting


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