Missouri Arbor Day

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(KTVI) – This is the first Friday in April, which means it is Missouri Arbor Day. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.

So why does Missouri mark Arbor Day before the nation? No particular reason. Missouri had done this since 1886. Kentucky is also celebrating on this day.

You can plant a tree or two and if you head to the Missouri Botanical Garden Friday, head over to the Kemper Center. They are handing out free trees.

The Kemper Center is just south of the Climatron. You must pay to get into the garden, but the trees are free. There are 600 saplings to be given away and they go quickly. The handout begins at 9:00 a.m. This year, saplings are river birch, oak, witch hazel, holly and dogwood.

The garden’s Jane Roth says they usually disappear within an hour. You have to soak the roots in a bucket of water overnight and then find a good location where it can grow.

They are also giving trees away this Saturday at the Shaw Nature Preserve in Gray Summit: 50 Black Gum and 50 Nanny Berry.

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