Did you know that the founding of Arbor Day in Florida is rooted in DeFuniak Springs? In 1885, the leader of the National Arbor Day Movement made a presentation on the Florida Chautauqua campus/resort grounds which inspired Florida Governor William Perry, who was in attendance, to later declare Arbor Day in Florida.
Today, City leaders participate in a tree planting ceremony with leaders of the Florida Chautauqua Association honoring the famous or notable keynote speaker attending the annual assembly each January. This ceremony not only promotes the planting of young trees on the historic grounds, but also teaches us about the historic individuals who joined in planting them. The City of DeFuniak Springs is also designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Below is information about recent tree planting ceremonies on the Florida Chautauqua grounds (also known as Chipley Park) on Circle Drive in commemoration of Arbor Day and in celebration that "it all started here."