Arbor Month in Parks & Recreation

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 8:00am

Each year, the City of Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department teams up with the Planning Department to celebrate Arbor Month! Did you know the City of Lake Oswego is celebrating its 35th year as a Tree City? This prestigious award demonstrates a solid commitment to managing and caring for trees.

Cities earn TCUSA status by meeting four standards: maintaining a tree board (the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board), having a tree ordinance, spending a minimum of $2 per capita on urban forest management, and proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day annually.

For more information on Arbor Month activities, click here!

Join us this month in exploring the "TREE OF THE WEEK." We will highlight remarkable local tree species that add beauty, diversity, and significance to our community. Join us on this journey of exploration and appreciation for the wonders of nature! Stay tuned for some snazzy social media reels with our very own Park Rangers and Staff walking us through the remarkable trees around our community.

Week 1: April 1 – April 6 

Ginkgo Tree, "Hiroshima Peace Tree," located at Foothills Park – 199 Foothills Road.

Ginkgo biloba

Named after the Japanese city, this resilient tree survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, symbolizing hope and endurance. With its fan-shaped leaves and golden autumn foliage, the Ginkgo biloba is a testament to the power of peace and resilience.

Week 2: April 7 – April 1

Star Magnolia, located at Millennium Plaza Park – 200 1st Street.

Magnolia stellata

Delicate and enchanting, the Star Magnolia graces gardens and parks with its star-shaped, fragrant flowers. As one of the earliest flowering trees of spring, it heralds the season's arrival with its captivating beauty, inviting us to pause and marvel at nature's wonders. It originated in the highlands of the island of Honshu, Japan. 

Week 3: April 14 – April 20  

Windmill Palm, located at Rossman Park – 555 Fourth Street

Trachycarpus fortunei

Transport yourself to tropical landscapes with the majestic Windmill Palm. With its distinctive fan-shaped fronds and graceful silhouette, this cold-hardy palm brings a touch of exotic elegance to gardens, parks, and urban landscapes alike.

Week 4: April 21 – April 27

Pacific Yew, located at 2899 Diane Drive

Taxus brevifolia

Native to the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Yew holds a special place in both ecological and cultural realms. Revered for its medicinal properties and vital role in forest ecosystems, this ancient conifer reminds us of the interconnectedness of all living things.

Week 5: April 28 – May 4

Copper Beech Tree, located at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn

Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea’

Majestic and enduring, the Beech Tree symbolizes strength and longevity. Its smooth gray bark and shimmering canopy of leaves create a sense of tranquility and timelessness in forests and woodlands worldwide. This tree is over 100 years old. Its broad canopy provides welcome shelter for the beautiful garden below it and brings many smiles and photo opportunites to visitors to Luscher Farm.

Join us in celebrating these remarkable trees and discovering the profound beauty and importance they bring to our planet. 

Let's honor and protect our arboreal friends for generations to come! 

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Learn More About Arbor Day Here!

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Tree of the Week 1

Tree of the Week 2 Tree of the Week 3