Arbor Day

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Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.

Kahlil Gibran

Today is Arbor Day!

The origins of this observance go back a long time – to Nebraska in 1872. More than a million trees were planted across the Cornhusker State on that single day.

The idea spread not only to the rest of the country (all 50 states recognize Arbor Day) but throughout the world, with tree-planting festivals occurring annually in places as far-flung as India and Israel.

As J. Sterling Morton (creator of the event) noted, Arbor Day is unique from most other observances in that it is a forward-looking. Rather than commemorating or celebrating a past event, its eyes are on the future. Those who plant trees plant hope.

Celebrate by planting a tree! Seedlings are inexpensive. You can get them at many nurseries – and also from the Arbor Day Foundation. (If you’re planning on planting a little tree, make sure to select one that’s suitable for the location (the nursery can help you with your choice).

If you’re lucky enough to live near an Arboretum, any day is a good day to visit….but Arbor Day is especially nice. 🙂

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