Jan 20 at 11:23am

The history of The Woodlands’ 41st Arbor Day Celebration

by Lorrie Parise

National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. So why does The Woodlands celebrate Arbor Day in January? Tree planting season.

"We celebrate Arbor Day in January because our weather in Texas can be brutally hot. We try to plant trees where they have the best chance for survival, and that’s in the cooler months,” said Marcus Fielder, director of landscape management for The Woodlands Development Company.

The Woodlands Development Company continues this tradition for the 41st year on Saturday, Jan 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at its new location – Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands.

 Here are some fun tidbits about the celebration:

·The Woodlands has given away over 1.44 million free tree seedlings throughout the event’s 41-year history.

·The Inaugural Arbor Day Celebration in The Woodlands was held in Grogan’s Mill Village Center in 1977.

·The Woodlands Arbor Day Celebration is the second longest-running celebration in the community, beat out only by our Independence Day Festivities.

·Each year, all trees are given away or re-planted into The Woodlands’ landscape to beautify the forest.

·Some of the first trees from the Inaugural Arbor Day Celebration were planted in a cul-de-sac off of Splash Pines Drive in the Village of Grogan’s Mill.

·We will be distributing eight different varieties of trees this year - Eastern Redbud, Loblolly Pine, Overcup Oak, Pin Oak, Shumard Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Sycamore and Willow Oak.  

Sponsors who help Arbor Day continue include CHI St. Luke’s Health and Repsol as presenting sponsors; The Woodlands Township as a tree sponsor; and BrightView Landscaping Services as a participating sponsor.

For more information on Arbor Day in The Woodlands, click here

 

 

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Arbor Day sponsors meet to discuss the annual tradition. From left to right are Gordy Bunch,  Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township; Lorrie Parise,  Marketing Manager,  The Woodlands Development Company; Kimberly Berriochoa,  Repsol North American Community Relations and Branding; Alex Sutton,  Co-President,  The Woodlands Development Company; Joel Dodd,  Branch Manager,  BrightView; Laura Rejon,  Director,  Gas Trading North America,  Repsol; and David Argueta,  President at CHI St. Luke's Health - The Woodlands Hospital,  Lakeside Hospital and Springwoods Village. Arbor Day sponsors meet to discuss the annual tradition. From left to right are Gordy Bunch, Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township; Lorrie Parise, Marketing Manager, The Woodlands Development Company; Kimberly Berriochoa, Repsol North American Community Relations and Branding; Alex Sutton, Co-President, The Woodlands Development Company; Joel Dodd, Branch Manager, BrightView; Laura Rejon, Director, Gas Trading North America, Repsol; and David Argueta, President at CHI St. Luke's Health - The Woodlands Hospital, Lakeside Hospital and Springwoods Village.

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