Now that Spring has sprung, the flowers are in full bloom and people are trading in their raincoats and boots for shorts and flip flops – the end of April is upon us.  And, on the last Friday of April – National Arbor Day is celebrated every year in the United States – and at other times around the world. Arbor Day is a holiday expressly designed to encourage individuals (and their communities) to plant and care for trees. Join the ORGANO™ global family as we pay tribute to the life and nutrients that the world’s trees provide us every day.

The Great Plains Lack of Landscape & The First Seeds of Greatness: The celebration of Arbor Day had its beginnings in an area not associated with trees or forests at all – in the Great Plains of Nebraska. A man by the name of J. Sterling Morton moved to this newly formed territory in 1854 with his wife Caroline. As the Great Plains territory was essentially devoid of trees and lush landscape, J. Sterling endeavored to encourage tree planting in order to attract people to the state. As President of the Agricultural Board, in 1872 Sterling proposed that the state declare April 10 as Arbor Day, and his proposal was accepted. And, on that day in 1872, it is said that Nebraskans planted one million trees. And, the rest as they say… is Arbor Day History!

 

Tree Huggers Unite – Across the Globe – All Year Round: The universal love (and necessity) for trees is celebrated and acknowledged across the globe by many other countries – with their own very distinct festivities – at all different times of the year – here are just a few…

Canada: Maple Leaf Day falls on the last Wednesday in September, during National Forest Week. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week, along with the United States, from April 29th to the first Sunday in May.

China: Arbor Day is a public holiday in China and celebrated on March 12th. The date was chosen to commemorate the passing of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the father of modern China, in 1925.

Mexico: In Mexico the celebration of Dia del Arbol (Day of the Tree) or National Tree Day is held in July.

Australia: The country’s Arbor Day is in June, and National Tree Day falls on the last weekend in July.

Israel: Tu B’Shevat (New Year of the Tree) is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.

United Kingdom: In the United Kingdom they celebrate National Tree Week at the start of tree planting season in November. They also celebrate National Tree Dressing Day on the first weekend in December.

Japan: The Japanese celebrate Midori Noni (Greenery Day or Greenery Week) every year in late April.

India: In India the celebration is called Van Mahotsav – meaning the National Festival of Tree Planting.

Philippines: Arbor Day in the Philippines is celebrated every year on June 25th.

Spain: In Spain they call it Fiesta del Arbol (Tree Festival) on March 26th, in honor of the anniversary of the day in which King Alfonso first planted a pine tree near Madrid in 1895.

The Best Way To Celebrate and Give Thanks To The Gift Giving Tree? From The Ground To The Cup with ORGANO™’s Gourmet Coffee and Tea Blends – That’s How!  Savor any one of our Ganoderma Infused brews – then lift up your empty cup and say “Thank You” to the trees that cross your path today!

Put best by this Chinese proverb “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is today.”  As you enjoy the pleasures of spring, and the promise of summer that is upon us, remember to give a nod to the trees on your block, in your neighborhood, and in your community. After all, some of the greatest treasures of the world originate from our world’s vegetation and trees – like ORGANO™’s Gourmet Coffee and Tea Blends. So fill your cup to the brim with your favorite OG Brew and plant the seeds for greatness on this day we call Arbor Day! #TasteTheGold

 

Sources: www.arborday.org/celebrate/world-dates.cfm & http://arbor-day.net