There are many things to love about Ashland, Oregon.
Like the fact that every year, since 1988, the city honors a “Tree of the Year.”
Oregonians love their trees. In fact, did you know that Oregon has extended the traditional Arbor Day celebration into a week-long affair? Celebrated during the first week of April.
I’ve noticed that a few other cities also honor Trees of the Year, like Newport, Rhode Island and Austin, Texas. There’s even a European Tree of the Year. I don’t believe there is an “American Tree of the Year” competition yet, but there should be.
And Ashland would certainly field a competitive team.
You can see the full list of Ashland’s Trees of the Year here.
In the weeks ahead we’ll be posting photos of these Ashland trees. It’s a great excuse to escape from our computers and spend a little time with the oldest living residents of Ashland.