Those of us of a certain age all remember the Trees are Terrific commercials that Arbor Day put out a couple of decades ago. While the commercials were over the top patronizing, the message was still solid…get out there and plant some trees people. Enter in Arbor Day Foundation 2013. They are still alive and kicking without the cheesy animated cardinal. Their website http://www.arborday.org has a wealth of information about planting in your zone, educational programs for kids as well as opportunities to help your city/town replenish your tree population through programs like Tree City USA.
pic courtesy of arborday.org
They also have what looks like a beautiful lodge for the ULTIMATE tree hugger vacation, Lied Lodge. While we have not been there, I think it would be a very easy sell for me to get Sheldon to visit their lodge/tree farm while I get some rubs in the spa:
Barn at the lodge: pic courtesy of Lied Lodge
But, I’m not here to talk about scamming my way into a spa day (sigh, heavenly!)…I’m here to talk about scoring some bargain trees. You can do this a few different ways like through getting a membership for ten itty bitty dollars, you get ten free trees that you get to select from a listing of either ten of the same, or just ten pretty flowering trees that are well suited for your zone like the Golden Raintree:
pic courtesy of forestry.about.com
Or, if you are feeling more generous, you can either opt for no trees at all…or you can select that your ten free trees go into a Nat’l Forest. In addition to the gift with membership purchase, you can also just purchase trees outright from their nursery, which we did (and I will blog on when I’m not so sore from the planting.) The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the idea of ordering fruit trees through them without being able to verify from whence they came….ie…GMO? It looks like some of their fruit trees are heirloom varieties but I can’t seem to find information on the others. However, I personally believe there is much that you can do to “rehabilitate” certain plants/trees if you take a long view approach. That is-more than likely, these trees will take at least a few years to reach fruit bearing stage. As a result, if perhaps they grew up initially in a “broken-home” full of chemicals from parents with questionable heritage, they can still be loved, nurtured and eventually grown as organic as possible. And while you can’t love the GMO out of a plant, I do think that you can get pretty close to what God intended with some TLC. Bottom line is that while I can’t verify if these trees are all heirloom, non-GMO, organic, etc etc…I still believe it is a really good thing for the environment planting more trees that are good for your zone.
Sigh, ok…gotta go get dressed for a morning of boring errands in the city. Been up waaaay too long today. Curse you time change! Happy planting!