Arbor Day 2020 Celebration

arbor day 2020

a week-long celebration of trees in grand rapids

Trees are a central part of Friends’ work in GR, typically celebrated by planting hundreds of trees around Arbor Day at the Mayor’s Greening Initiative. Since 2020 looks different due to social distancing, took our celebration online!

 

Catch up with our email series for the week:

Monday  |  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss,
board member

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ken james
chamber of commerce

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anna baeten, 
board president

This is a great opportunity to remind us about the importance of trees... We have a beautiful tree canopy! One of our goals is to increase that canopy. We know that in densely populated cities trees play an important environmental role but also they create wonderful spaces for us to go and enjoy nature... Get out there, enjoy these beautiful trees and make sure that you do you part in planting trees throughout our city.

mayor bliss
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rachel hood,
state representative

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sara able, 
green gala committee

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tammy vandenberg,
gr community leader

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chief eric payne,
gr police department

As a little kid I saw one (a Japanese Maple) and I thought it just such a neat tree. Years later I actually purchased one for my house.

I've always enjoyed looking at it and...I see them throughout the city as I drive around.

Actually in the 700 block of Fuller SE there is a rather large one. Hopefully I can have one that large!

chief payne, grpd
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robert cloy,
urban forest coordinator

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steve faber & lizzie williams,
friends first director

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lindsay jarvis,
love your park host

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lee mueller,
board vice president

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(daughter of) chris spain,
board member

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eddie jermale,
gr community leader

As you know, tree canopy is extremely important, especially in downtown urban settings. That's a huge goal of Grand Rapids is to increase the urban canopy. We are doing that with this little (flowering dogwood) tree... in front of the Hyatt Place.

This tree was... planted in partnership with Friends in honor of our grand opening... It's a tree that symbolizes the future growth of the hotel, of our team members, the urban canopy of the city. Having this tree here to remind us of it every day means a lot.

Friends of GR Parks is doing amazing things in the city to continue to plant trees and enjoy our parks and beautiful green spaces that we're lucky enough to have in Grand Rapids!in

Lindsay Jarvis, Hyatt Place

During this year's Arbor Day, I plan to reflect on the trees from my childhood that brought me so much life when I was growing up.

Trees are super important to our community, vitality, and world so in this year's Arbor Day, hope you can raise a glass with me and cheers to the trees!

Kim VanDriel, dgri
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kim vandriel,
board member

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geoff kempter,
tree expert & love your park host

Vernally and autumnally (those are your vocab words for today) this is one of my favorite trees; extra ID points to those of you who already know what it is. Autumnally there’s no question why this tree is a rockstar in the tree world, but I feel it is woefully underappreciated vernally.

Admittedly I took this picture a little late in the season, so these flower clusters are a little past their peak glory, but if one were to take the time to look at them closely, they are truly beautiful. I feel too much attention is given to “flowering ornamental trees” that give us a canopy filled with flowers as though they were leaves but whose flowers only last for a week or a heavy rain, whichever comes first. This tree is one of the first in Michigan to flower and while the flowers aren’t nearly as large and in your face they cover the tree in a joyous red hue giving us the hope and promise that spring will come even if it’s only the beginning of March and unlike the fickle spring weather here these flowers will hold on steadfastly well into April.

Although the red maple may get its name from brilliant scarlet red leaves in the fall, its equally strikingly red flowers in the spring always give me hope and make it one of my favorite trees.

Dan Coy, City Forester

thanks for sharing the love

Our community’s trees are a beautiful and valuable asset, and we love hearing about the impact they make in your lives. Thanks for sharing your stories, and helping Friends invest time and funds into further growing and caring for our urban forest.