Arbor Day In Mountain View
February 27, 2018
While the National Arbor Day celebration will always be the last Friday in April, residents of Mountain View and places like The Village will have the opportunity to get in on the festivities much sooner. The City Of Mountain View has more than its fair share of Arbor Day goings on coming for March 10th, and you’ll not want to miss out on the action. If you’re interested in the environment, crafts, or just having a great time on a Saturday, keep reading, as we explore what Arbor Day really means to the people of Mountain View.
The Official Mountain View Arbor Day Celebration
Mountain View’s official celebration is taking place on Saturday, March 10th, at Pioneer Park on Church Street. The celebration will be going on, rain or shine, and will include:
Children’s arts & crafts
Themed story time
Information about trees and composting
Tree walk through Pioneer Park
Tree climbing demonstration by city staff
Complimentary hot dogs and drinks
In addition, the city is encouraging residents to get in on the Arbor Day spirit by planting their own trees where possible:
“The City will make Arbor Day Trees available to Mountain View residents for planting on their property. Residents agree to plant and maintain the tree on their property. The planting event is part of the City’s forestry restoration efforts and the celebration of the State of California’s Arbor Day.”
And just what trees are those? The city has provided a handy guide that shows the varieties of trees that grow well in the Mountain View climate and can be requested for the Arbor Day planting purposes, they include:
Green Japanese Maple -- A slow-growing deciduous tree. They are great for gardens and their non-invasive root systems make them perfect to plant next to patios and walkways.
Red Maple -- Distinguished by its reliable, if late, autumn color and vigorous growth, this deciduous tree is a native of the low and wet areas of the eastern United States and Canada. The deep red color of the leaves makes for a stunning display on any property.
Deodar Cedar -- This Himalayan native is a quick grower. The gently arching nod of the tip growth makes for a graceful feature in a park or large garden. The botanical name, which is also the English common name, is derived from the Sanskrit term devadaru, which means “wood of the gods.”
Western Redbud -- A small, deciduous tree with 2-inch long heart-shaped leaves that emerge in late winter. This tree is drought tolerant, resistant to root fungus, and great for gardens on account of its attractive form, flowers, and foliage.
Pink Dawn Chitalpa -- A deciduous tree that combines the huge flowers of the Catalpa bignonioides with the hardy character of the Chilopsis linearis. Has large pink blooms that make a powerful (if frilly) statement in any garden.
Purple Smoke Tree -- This deciduous tree produces large panicles of wispy, dark pink flowers in the spring and early summer that give the effect of a cloud of smoke. The leaves change to yellows, oranges, and bright reds during the fall. They also make this tree a wonderful garden accent and a way to express a range of vibrant colors.
White Ash -- This dioecious tree is a native to the eastern parts of North America, with apetulous purplish male and female flowers that give way to yellow and purple foliage come the fall. Along with the gray bark, it’s a sight to behold in any yard or natural environment.
Grecian Laurel -- Replete with leathery, deep green leaves (that also work great as seasoning), the Grecian Laurel can be seen in courtyards and gardens all over, forming a canopy that provides a hearty amount of shade.
California Incense Cedar -- An aromatic evergreen conifer with upright branching, the California Incense ceder can be seen from the Cascades and Sierras all the way to southwestern Nevada. It’s a big, beautiful tree that can reach 50 feet in height.
Pink Saucer Magnolia -- The most commonly grown of all magnolias, it has pink-white flowers that become fragrant in the early spring, right before the tree’s foliage emerges.
Olive -- The olive tree is well-known, and the varieties in Mountain View are
suitable for making black olives with enough size to press some oil out of them.
California Sycamore -- This California native is known for its wide-spreading branches, reddish-brown bark, and high tolerance to droughts.
In addition, the city provides some advice/guidelines for those that wish to plant trees for Arbor Day:
All trees must be planted in the City Of Mountain View.
Trees are not meant for planting in containers or pots (to reach their full size they must be planted in the ground).
Do your research first. Know where you want to plant your tree and keep in mind the size they can grow to.
Once you get your tree, it’s yours to keep -- no returns.
You can fill out an application form for a tree on the city’s Arbor Day site, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that planting a tree is more than simply digging a hole. You’ll want to select the right spot and execute with the proper technique, so be sure to read up on the Arbor Day Foundation’s best tree planting practices.
Also, it’s important to bear in mind that along with the official Mountain View celebration, residents are always welcome to organize some of their own festivities, in the true spirit of Arbor Day. the Arbor Day Foundation has a long list of potential ideas that you can get the community involved in, as does the Southern Group Of State Foresters.
Communities Like The Village Are All Set For Celebrating Arbor Day
Not only are apartment complexes like The Village Residences right near all the action, they’re filled with likeminded residents who hold traditions like Arbor Day dear. You’ll be able to coordinate any number of Arbor Day activities with your neighbors here, and give back to the city and community in a way that’s beneficial to all.