Residents and staff celebrated Earth Week with week-long events and programs and on Friday, April 25th, they honored Arbor Day with the planting of 2 new trees – – adding to their collection on their 500 acre Arboretum accredited campus.

In 1681, English King Charles II gave this land, where Kendal~Crosslands is built, to William Penn.  Penn specified that settlers on his land must preserve one acre of trees for every five acres cleared.  As it turned out (333 years later) Kendal~Crosslands has preserved many acres of trees, perhaps even more than the one acre advocated by Penn.   “If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do…let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” wrote Penn.

Starting in Nebraska, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1874 and to this day, Arbor Day is a public holiday in that state.  All states in the US now have an official Arbor Day and at almost 140 years later, the residents and staff celebrated today with the planting of 2 new trees, the American Yellowwood.   “These native trees will hopefully someday be 50 feet tall and just as wide, exhibiting a rounded habit in the landscape”, says Casey Groff, staff horticulturist.   “Beautiful smooth bark with bright yellow hardwood, leaflets that turn a lovely soft yellow in autumn, and flowers that are a beautiful pea-like pink color in late spring, will adorn our campus”, says Groff.

The Kendal~Crosslands Arboretum Committee works with Horticulture and Nature Conservancy groups on their campuses to sponsor public events, service and educational programs, and other health giving involvement for not only residents, but staff, and the surrounding community.