Pop quiz: On our country’s very first Arbor Day, held in Nebraska in 1872, how many trees were planted in the area?
Believe it or not, more than one million trees were planted on that single day in 1872! Talk about welcoming a new holiday with a bang! Since then, Arbor Day celebrations have spread to every state across the country. Here at Cypress Lawn, we are thrilled to once again host our Annual Arbor Day Tour: An Afternoon of Horticultural Delights. This walking tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 21st, will be led by Professor Steve Brown. Participants are asked to meet at the green tent to the right of the east side granite archway entrance at 1:30 p.m.
We like to say that Cypress Lawn offers a glimpse of heaven on earth – and our stunning grounds and breathtaking arboretum are at the center of it all. From our beginnings in 1892, Cypress Lawn’s founders wanted to create a stunning garden that reflected their philosophy of providing beautiful, well-cared-for facilities. William Hamden Noble and his contemporaries brought in plant materials from around the world and established them along the Bay Area peninsula to improve appearance and property values. Now, visitors can feast their eyes on mature trees from countries far and wide. Few things are as breathtaking as trees that have decades, and in some cases even a century, of growth.
Families are able to pay their respects in this lush, botanical retreat designed to bring comfort and peace. There are also opportunities to memorialize loved ones through supporting our Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation. This was created to promote educational and cultural activities, and to encourage the preservation and restoration of the incomparable, art, architecture, and arboretum at Cypress Lawn. This foundation also supports our walking tours, lectures, and other activities.
This month, we encourage you to join with people around the world in celebrating Arbor Day. The importance of caring for and respecting the earth cannot be overstated – now more than ever. For more information on our walking tours, including our upcoming Arbor Day Tour, please visit our website or call Terry Hamburg at 650-550-8812. We hope you’ll join us!