April 26th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
140 years after J. Sterling Morton initiated Arbor Day in 1872, the future brings an ever-increasing need to fulfill his mission of planting trees.
So we're celebrating Arbor Day today and honoring trees–the wonder plants of the universe. How about joining us? Here are some ideas for celebrating Arbor Day from The Arbor Day Foundation. If you're not up for anything quite that ambitious, then maybe plant a tree for $1 on our Plant A Billion Trees webpage or just have a look at this beautiful 39 second video about trees and wood.
Or join the Arbor Day Foundation for $10 and get 10 free trees to plant in your yard. Have I convinced you yet? Just in case, I'll leave one final attempt. This one by a professional– poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer:
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.
Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated tomorrow on April 27. In Vermont the holiday is the first Friday in May or May 5th this year. And just so you know, our state tree in Vermont is the Sugar Maple. What is yours?