Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebrated at the Ohio Statehouse

OHIO statehouse SpringThe Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day Tuesday, April 23 with a short tree planting ceremony. The short ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the North Plaza (Broad Street) of Capitol Square and will culminate with the planting of a Sargent cherry tree. The Ohio Statehouse Arbor Day and Earth Day tree planting is part of an ongoing effort of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) to create a prominent green space for the citizens of Ohio.

Situated on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Ohio Statehouse grounds serve as an unmistakable green oasis in the heart of the capital city. More than 100 plant species are maintained on the grounds; including a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The grounds continue to serve as a gathering place for the people of Ohio.

“We continue to improve the Capitol Square experience. The citizens of Ohio deserve a beautiful and safe Statehouse to visit,” said Richard Finan, Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Board. “For the past 156 years the Statehouse is where state government in Ohio has operated, and at the Ohio Statehouse all are welcome.”

About the Sargent cherry

The Sargent cherry (Prunussargentii rehder) is a deciduous tree found in northern temperate zones reaching 25 to 40 feet tall, with an equal spread. It has a medium to rapid growth rate, with a yellow, orange or red fall color. The single flowers are pink and up to 1.5 inches in diameter. The fruit is red to black purple approximately 0.5 inches in diameter. Although not ornamentally important, the fruit will attract birds.


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