Two years ago I went through the Tennessee Tree Steward Course, taught by Karla Kean, who was at the time the Clarksville City Forester. I have remained involved in the Tree Steward Organization and am proud to be a certified Tennessee Tree Steward. The Jimster should also be one, though he didn't attend the training. I think of the Jimster because last night, at the Tree Steward class, where I had the opportunity to teach 15 motivated folks about site selection for urban trees, there was a very nice young lady attending the training with her grandparents. She was knowledgeable and able to show her care for the environment. Seeing this from kids makes me very happy.
Two summers ago when I had to complete my 25 volunteer hours in order to become a certified tree steward, the Jimster came down to Riverside Drive and aided me in pruning those Chinese Elms lining the road. He was so cute! Most people are familiar with this road and they know it as a VERY busy road. People would ride by and toot their horns at us. I didn't pay any attention, but the Jimster said, "They must be honking to thank us for helping out!" Out of the mouth of babes. I am not sure if this is why drivers were honking or not, it doesn't really matter, what does matter is how our community does care, even though it is not always obvious.
March is a good time for all gardeners to show their support for their community. The season isn't FULLY upon us, and there are great garden related activities going on you all might not be aware of. I am specifically speaking of Arbor Day activities.
Sterling Morton, a newspaper journalist from Nebraska is generally regarded to be the 'Father' of Arbor Day. He and his wife were nature lovers from Nebraska and began planting trees. He wrote many newspaper articles encouraging the planting of trees and in 1872 addressed the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture to enact a statewide holiday for planting trees. His proposal was adopted and Arbor Day came to be.
In 1875, Tennessee adopted an Arbor Day holiday as well. Initially it was to be the first Friday in April, but was changed to the first Friday in March in 1946. This law calls for educators, civic societies and government officials to create "a better understanding of nature and the importance of protecting wildlife, planting and cultivating flowers, and setting and protecting trees." States have adjusted their activities based on the best dates for planting trees in their own communities.(http://www.tennessee.gov/agriculture/forestry/arborday/history.html)
This year's celebration will take place at the Custom House Museum on Saturday between 10:30-12:30. There will be a tree seedling give away, and all sorts of children's activities, all sponsored by the Clarksville Tree Board. Then, on March 15 at 1:00 pm, there will be several large trees planted at Barker's Mill Elementary School. Volunteers are needed.
In preparation for the seedling give away on Saturday, several folks will be bagging seedlings at the Museum tomorrow between 3-5 pm. The Jimster and I will both be there to help (albeit a little late though because of school for him). It is the perfect opportunity to get together with other gardeners AND to have fun helping the community with its Arbor Day activities. Hope to see you all there! And you know what?! I think the Jimster just may have been right about those Clarksvillians honking their horns at us-they were saying thanks and hello at the same time! So for all you volunteers out there, I want to honk my horn at you and say thanks in advance!
in the garden....