Arbor Day 2015



Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

Sunday, April 26



Corning Visitor Center

  Free admission all weekend.



Arbor Day is the annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Holden will celebrate with a weekend filled with activities, as well as a Scientist Lecture and story times for children held at regional libraries.

Celebration Activities

Great Lakes Timber ShowReturning This Year – Great Lakes Timber Show

The Great Lakes Timber Show show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chain sawing, log rolling and loads of fun. Enjoy this fascinating display and learn more about the important role lumberjacks play in forest and tree management through selective harvesting.








Friday, April 24

10am Ceremonial tree planting
10am Tree seedling give-away - shadblow serviceberry

Fridays in the Garden

7-9 pm

Arbor Day Lecture: The Evolution of Big, featuring guest speaker William (Ned) Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.


Friedman reveals an amazing period when there were no trees, and then, in the blink of a geological eye, several different groups of plants evolved the ability to increase their girth. Get a sense of what forests looked like three hundred million years ago. Learn about the extinction of all but one of the early arborescent lineages of plants and find out which evolutionary group of trees survived to populate arboreta and today’s forests.


The lecture is free, but please register.



Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26

10am Tree seedling give-away - shadblow serviceberry
10am-4pm Kids guided tree climb

Kids crafts and activities:                                                                                                  

  • Tree scavenger hunt
  • Yellow wood tree Cladrastis kentukea seed planting      
  • Craft at Buckeye Bud's Adventure Woods
10am-4pm Tree Service Professionals, vendors area
10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm Great Lakes Timber Show
10am-4pm Tree Discovery Packs, explore nature with a backpack filled with fun activities.
11am; noon; 2pm and 3pm

Guided Highlights Walking Tours

Self-led Mobile App Tours of the Wildflowr Garden

Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden

10am-4pm Food and beverage concessions 




Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact Holden's volunteer office at 440.602.8003