Arbor Day in Delaware

Each April, the City of Delaware observes Arbor Day with the presentation of the city’s annual Beautification Award, a ceremonial tree planting, and educational activities in community classrooms.


The City’s Shade Tree Commission organizes the celebration and selects the annual Beautification Award recipient. The commission award recognizes an organization or business that has a well kept landscape and attractive plantings which

A fourth-grade poster contest is part of the week-long celebration.
contribute to the city’s appearance.


Other community events include:

  • Presentations to city fourth-grade classes by Commission members on the importance of trees and their community value. Students are presented tree seedlings.
  • A fourth-grade poster contest. Commission members judge the posters which are displayed at City Hall and other city buildings. The winning class also receives a tree donated by the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District.
  • Recognition of Delaware being named a Tree City USA community by the National Arbor Foundation for its commitment to community forestry.

In granting Tree City status, the National Arbor Day Foundation notes the work of the city’s Shade Tree Commission, its creation of a tree care ordinance and a comprehensive community forestry program, as well as Delaware’s Arbor Day observance. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at