Friday, April 26, 2013


135 years ago, J Sterling Morton came up with the idea of setting aside a day to plant trees.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April -- today. For a while, having not heard of it since elementary school, I thought it had "morphed" into Earth Day but it's still around.

Trees are beautiful, useful, a wonderful part of the created order. Appreciate them! Hug one if you want. Plant one if you can.

Did you learn Joyce Kilmer's poem in school? It seems perfect for today:


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree. 
We are going to read this outside at a picnic lunch and then plant a bed of wildflowers. We'll rub our hands over the bark of our backyard trees and offer a prayer of thanks to God that trees are part of our landscape.
How will you commemorate Arbor Day?


  1. What a lovely idea to plant a bed of wildflowers. Not realising it was Arbor Day on Friday, I actually did the opposite and had a bit of a chopping fest. Some beautiful Bouganvillea's have been sprouting madly and were getting to close to the house. :)

    1. Ironically, on this day set aside for tree planting, I pulled up a bunch of maples that were sprouting in y vegetable garden and lawn. Ah, well, pulling up and pruning are part of responsible management, too.

  2. I did not know that Arbor Day was in April. Somehow, I thought it was in September. Love the poem!

    1. Apparently, states celebrate it at different times. The national observance is in April, though,