The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.” Arbor Day … which has already transplanted itself … to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands … is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future. — J. Sterling Morton
J. Sterling Morton was a pioneer from Detroit who settled in Nebraska and served as editor for Nebraska’s first newspaper. All the new settlers missed trees for building materials, windbreaks, shade from the hot sun and cooking and heating fuel. The State Board of Agriculture accepted his resolution to set aside a day for planting forest and fruit trees. April 10, 1872, became the first Arbor Day, and a very impressive one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Within 50 years, 45 states and territories celebrated Arbor Day, and there are arbor days around the world.
The value of trees in the environment and in our lives cannot be underestimated. They provide:
- air purification
- sound barrier
- wind barrier
- wildlife support
- tools and toys
- erosion control
- and more
Bloomstoday.com specializes in exquisite fresh flowers and same day delivery all over the country. And this forward-thinking company also recognizes the tremendous value of trees and has partnered the National Forest Foundation to offer customers a unique way to honor someone they care about and, at the same time, honor the world of trees. This foundation works tirelessly to restore forests and woodlands which have succumbed to a variety of disasters. From wildfires and droughts to severe weather incidents, disease and insect problems, many trees perish and thin out our once-lush national forests.
Celebrating Arbor Day by purchasing several Trees of Tribute packages – they come 10 to package – and sending commemorative certificates to those you love and whom you know also love trees is one wonderful, thoughtful way to recognize this special day for trees. We need them. We need one another. We need the National Forest Foundation. Won’t you express your love today for someone and something (trees) of immeasurable value with a Trees of Tribute gift?
By Joanne M. Anderson