The City of Melbourne celebrates Arbor Day on the third Friday in January. The ceremony is organized by the City's Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee. The Arbor Day observance is one of the activities that has allowed Melbourne to be a Tree City USA, an urban forestry designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Free tree seedlings are available for people who attend the Arbor Day ceremony, which is usually held in a City park. A ceremonial tree is planted, and in 2012 an additional tree was planted by the Melbourne Garden Club in memory of Mary Nemeth, who served as president of the organization.
Winter is the ideal time to plant trees in Florida, allowing development of a root system ahead of hot weather.