CHICAGO (CBS) — Passerby’s at Daley Plaza on Friday had a chance to add a little color to an 8-inch by 16-inch display, a giant coloring book designed to highlight the importance of trees for Arbor Day. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding reports.
“We’re here on Arbor Day celebrating trees. It’s the nation’s first environmental holiday,” said Gerry Donnelly, President, CEO, Morton Arboretum.
“We’re drawing attention to trees and by that we mean, that trees are often in the backdrop of our lives. We don’t often register that they are there, that there is diversity and they provide value to our lives, the community and the environment.”
“We have to make sure the trees continue to deliver their value. All the environmental contributions trees can make,” he said. “Not only beautifying an urban center, but heat on affects, carbon storage, pollution filtration all of those many environmental contributes trees make to our world.”
The coloring display is part of The Morton Arboretum’s third-annual Arbor Day Celebration and Pop-Up Plant Clinic.
“We have arboretum’s experts to offer advice, answer questions, what trees should I plant. We are giving away trees at the same time so we have advice on where to plant them best and there is other information about what other plants can be planted in our region to enrich our community,” said Donnelly.
Donnelly said Chicago is unique, especially along the lakefront, in that there is so much greenery and forestry, a juxtaposition to the urban landscape just steps away.
Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April each year.