Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Arbor Day in Illinois is celebrated on the last Friday in April, per state statute of 1947. Technically, the day is "Arbor and Bird Day".

Arbor Day is in honor of J. Sterling Morton, member of the Board of Agriculture in Nebraska, who founded the first Arbor Day program in 1872. Illinois' first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1887.

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