Posted on: January 22, 2013

Pictured left to right: Phyllis Cross, Carolyn Owens, Larry Ronk, Mayor Melvin Mack, Cynthia Parker (City Horticulturist), Carolyn D. Harper, and Nancy Guice.


Friday, February 8, 2013 has been proclaimed Arbor Day by Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack and the Laurel City Council. At the January 22nd City Council meeting, members of the Laurel Tree Board were presented with a proclamation.
Arbor Day became an official day of observance in Mississippi in 1926. Each year, the State and County Boards of Education are directed to set aside a special day each year in the public schools.
. . .”on which day ornamental and shade trees, flowers, etc., are to be placed where practical on the grounds surrounding all public school houses.” Later, the second Friday in February was firmly adopted as the day on which the state would annually observe Arbor Day.
The City of Laurel was awarded the 1998 Governor’s Tree City Award and is very proud of the continuous work of the Tree Board and its citizens.