2021 events are subject to change or may be rescheduled. Please contact the event organizer directly.
Once again, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to the goals and principles of the Arbor Day Foundation. Put-in-Bay achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Put-in-Bay‘s Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 4:00pm. The Council of the Village of Put-in-Bay has allocated funds for Arbor Day expenses. On Arbor Day, a hop tree (Ptelea Trifoliata)will be planted at the Village Arbor Day site adjacent to the Put-in-Bay Post Office and village housing. The Commission will also plant a “Butterfly Garden” that will consist of a variety of pollinator plants that attract butterflies. The hop tree also known as the wafer ash, stinking ash, and skunk bush is a deciduous tree native to North America. Indians used the leaves and seeds for seasoning and medicine for a variety of ailments. In the 19thcentury, German immigrants in Texas used hop tree seeds in the place of hops to make beer. Thus “Hop Tree” got its common name.
The first American Arbor Day was April 10, 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This first Arbor Day was inspired by J. Sterling Morton. On that day, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Arbor Day translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Members of the Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission are Lisa Brohl, Kelly Faris, and Kendra Koehler. While in years past this was a time for volunteer opportunities and community events for all ages, current CDC recommendations for COVID-19 make this year different. The Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission will celebrate this Arbor Day in compliance with the CDC recommendations.