Created by C.L. Formari of Osterville, Ma, an author and radio personality in 2010, garden meditation day is all about becoming an artichoke! No, not really, it’s all about spending some time in nature and enjoying something so simple, and yet so complex at the same time. A garden gives you the chance to experience growth and how you can change the course of time with your own hands. So it’s not about becoming an artichoke, it’s about helping something beyond yourself live and grow and give back to you everything you have put it in.
How to celebrate – Plant a garden. Spend time in your garden. Talk to your plants… it may not help them as much as it helps you.
This is a tree lover’s favorite day of the year, Arbor Day! It always comes on the last Friday day of April since 1872 when a major effort was made to fill the nearly barren state of Nebraska with trees. Arbor is the Latin word for tree and today we have the National Arbor Foundation who helps us remember the importance of trees for providing all they do for mankind. In recent years the Arbor Foundation has planted some 18 million trees on Arbor Day to replace those lost due to natural causes, greed, fire and in the name of progress. If you get a chance, today is a great day for you to plant a tree and watch it grow over the years. It makes you feel a part of nature and is sort of like watching a child grow up.
How to celebrate – Give to the National Arbor Foundation. Plant a tree. Visit a forest.
You would think that on Greenery Day we would celebrate trees or plants or maybe even Kermit the Frog but today is all about the 124th Emperor of Japan Hirohito’s birthday. Born in 1901, Hirohito served the Japanese people until his death in 1989. He lead Japan through some of it’s best, and some of it’s worst , times. His part in World War 2 will never be known for sure, though he was put on the same level as Hitler at one time he did not face the same fate that other war criminals faced. It is good he is remembered for the beautiful country Japan was before the war and after the war because the ugliness it caused during the war should never be forgotten.
How to celebrate – Visit Japan. Read about Hirohito’s involvement during World War 2 and decided his guilt or not for yourself. Spend your day gardening.
Earth Day was created in the United States in 1962 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in order to bring awareness to our destruction of the environment we live in. President John F. Kennedy supported the idea and help spread the word through is administration. As the “Father of Earth Day”, Nelson did not stop with the U.S. however, introducing the “Protest” to the destruction of the environment to the world as “Earth Day” in 1970. As a direct result of the success of Earth Day the Environmental Protection Agency was formed as a governmental watchdog.
How to celebrate – Read about the history of Earth Day. Plant something on Earth Day. Get involved in trying to protect our environment.
We all love honey and it’s good for us too! And if it weren’t for the honey bee, there would be no honey, or at least not naturally anyway. A bee flies nearly 55,000 miles to produce 1 pound of honey, and it takes visiting over 2 million flowers to get the nectar to create that same pound of honey. One bee will transport enough nectar to produce a half teaspoon of honey in its life (generally living from 122-155 days). That is pretty awesome! Think about that the next time you have some honey on your toast or in your tea. So bees are our friends – don’t step on them (not to mention, that it is also not a good situation for you either)!
How to celebrate – Have some honey today. Think about the bees before you disturb their nests and watch out for them when you walk through a field. Plant some flowers to help the bees out.
Veggies are so good for you; normally fun to eat, and usually plentiful. The fresher they are the better they taste, the prettier they are to look at, and the better they smell when cooking. If they come from your own garden, all the better! A salad offering fresh vegetables is often a beautiful thing to see. The green, red, orange, and yellow colors offer a plate full of rainbows. Being summer, most vegetables are available. If you want them all year long you may want to take up canning while you can. Vegetables are art in its natural form, and they are good for you as well. That’s a win-win. If you don’t have your own garden there are plenty of you-pick farms and co-op gardens available.
How to celebrate – See how many vegetables to can name. (remembering vegetables such as tomatoes are actually considered a fruit). Start your own garden. Include fresh vegetables in all your meals.
Roses are red violets are… well, never mind that, this is just roses are red day. Roses are probably the flower most associated with feelings. They are beautiful, smell wonderful and bring joy to nearly everyone who receives them or sends them. In case you get confused like me, red roses signify love; pink are for “thank you”, which may come after the red if they work as intended; yellow are for joy; and red and white are for those lucky enough to fall in love at first sight. Those colors are simple, where it gets complex is if the rose is white or cream, light pink or dark pink, or even orange. Anyway, I hope your day is filled with red roses today.
How to celebrate – Grow a rose garden. Send someone you love roses. Learn the meaning of every color rose.
April showers bring May flowers, but if you want them to stick around after May you need to water them! Though the day tells us just to pick out one and water it, it’s better if you water them all. Flowers brighten up our day, they smell good and can be enjoyed by all who happen to pass by them. The sun does a lot to help your flowers grow and if you are lucky enough to get rain to water them you are all set. But just as you would care for a child or a pet you need to tend to your gardens. It doesn’t take long and you can even install a system to take care of the watering for you. Or, you can enjoy your flowers even better by watering them yourself.
How to celebrate – Spend sometime with your flowers. Water your plants. Talk to your plants to help them grow.
There are few things as rewarding as planting a garden and watching it grow. It’s sort of like having a child, except it grows faster and can’t give you hugs. There is just something about the feeling you get from watching a garden grow and you can actually reap rewards by eating what you grow and sharing it with others too. So you plant your garden hoping something will grow and then getting excited when those first few signs of life pop to the surface. We normally take pictures so we can share the growth with others, we feed it, water it and prune it… protect it bugs and animals and then… you eat it. There is something odd in all that. the day was created by Bob Matthews in 2019 of Rochester, NY.
How to celebrate – Plant your garden. Take pictures of your garden. Reap the rewards of your work.
May 16th Plant A Lemon Tree Day
Lemon trees provide us with lemons, obviously, but also a wonderful fragrance and they give off oxygen. That’s a win, win, win! There is a tradition a lot of people do when buying a new home. They plant a tree and watch it grow as they live in the house. If that sounds like a good idea to you, try planting a lemon tree. Once it starts producing fruit you can open a lemonade stand to help pay off that mortgage too!
How to celebrate – Plant a lemon tree. See how many different types of lemon you can name. Learn all the different things you can create from a lemon.