arbour week ontario 2016Arbor Week is celebrated each year in Ontario starting on the last Friday in April and ending on Mother’s Day.

“The important role trees play in our lives was recognized as early as April 10, 1872. On that day, ecophilanthropist J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day as a means of promoting conservation and correcting the gradual deforestation of the prairie. In his words, what sets Arbor Day apart from other holidays is that while other special days commemorate the past, Arbor Day celebrates the future.” – Landscape Ontario

Every year during Arbour Week, property owners are encouraged to plant a tree for the future.

In an effort to assist the public in selecting the proper species for their region, the Ontario government has created a website called the Ontario Tree Atlas. It is an amazing resource filled with facts and pictures of Ontario’s native trees. It also includes a planting guide, to ensure every tree has the best chance for a long life.

Before you visit your local nursery or tree farm, be sure to explore the Ontario Tree Atlas. And remember…

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb