Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day, a fall initiative of the Great American Cleanup, is a national call to action designed to mobilize Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species.
National Planting Day celebrates the critical nature of native plants and trees in enhancing biodiversity and rebuilding ecosystems. Beautiful public places transcend aesthetic appeal to positively impact the lives of area residents, visitors, businesses and institutions. Green spaces restore our communities, helping to make them more environmentally healthy, socially connected, and economically sound.
With a national focus on the first Saturday after Labor Day each September, National Planting Day continues with community-based activities through October. National Planting Day mobilizes citizens and organizations across the country to implement projects to increase native plantings in their communities.
The initiative focuses on four areas of need:
- Increasing the number of native trees in public spaces
- Bringing natural beauty and sustainable urban infrastructure to “built environments”
- Creating community-supported sustainable vegetable and fruit gardens
- Greening and restoring vacant lots with low-maintenance indigenous plants and trees in under-served urban and rural neighborhoods