Garden Musings

I love my Earth Day birthday!

 Swallowtail on Lantana

I love having an Earth Day birthday, sharing the day I was born with the day when thoughts turn toward the environmental protection of our planet.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Outraged by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson organized a national event focused on environmental education. Millions of Americans participated in protests against the decline of the environment from pollution and the extinction of flora and fauna.

Bee on Rose of Sharon
Limit the use of pesticides so bees can happily pollinate our food and flowers.

I think gardeners appreciate Earth Day more than most and don’t require a national event to grasp the importance of taking care of the earth. People who put their hands in the soil experience the connection of all living things from soil microbes and earthworms to birds, bees and butterflies.

Robins need clean water to drink and to bathe in.
Robins need clean water to drink and to bathe in.

I wish everyone could feel the joy found in the garden. It could be their place to unwind, to contemplate, to get exercise, and to learn. As a result, all of us would cherish the planet that grows flowers and foliage, fruits and vegetables, branches and berries. We wouldn’t need a day each year to remind us our actions have environmental consequences.

Have a beautiful Earth Day. Garden with me!

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