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Celebrating Arbor Day in Taylorsville – LARP Committee

May 01, 2015 08:53AM ● Published by City of Taylorsville

Left to right: Jerry Milne, Joan Thalmann and Keith Sorensen. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Kristie Overson

The Leisure Activities, Recreation and Parks (LARP) Committee celebrated Arbor Day by planting three trees. They selected the Riverside Park Freedom Shrine, a veterans memorial along the Jordan River Parkway, as the site of their tree plantings. 

Celebrating Arbor Day is a great way to bring a city together.  Arbor Day is a national day to plant and celebrate trees.  It was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton.  National Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the last Friday of April in the United States, but many states observe Arbor Day on different days.  

The State of Utah officially celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday of April.  In Utah there are 84 cities and communities that celebrate Arbor Day. This year Taylorsville celebrates its twenty years as a city in the great State of Utah, and its third year as a Tree City.

The LARP Committee wishes to thank Sutherlands and Lowe’s for their contribution of the trees. 

 Trees                  —By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree. 

 

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