Because trees offer their services in silence, and for free,
we take them for granted.” ― Jim Robbins, The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet
River Birch in School Garden
When contemplating the value of trees, many remember the childhood exploits of climbing trees, peeking into birds’ nests, and finding caterpillars and other creatures among the leaves. Every spring, the above river birch delights kindergarteners identifying the four stages of metamorphosis of lady bugs displayed on its leaves and branches. Value can be easily recognized in the cool retreats offered on hot summer days, beauty displayed in glorious fall color, and the fragrance of winter evergreens overwhelming the senses.
Many benefits, not as easily seen, are overlooked. Take a deep breath and one of the most important benefits of trees becomes very obvious-trees provide the oxygen you breathe! The following website provides a short but extremely important list of benefits. Click here for a memory refresher or to learn something new about trees.
Children’s books are good sources for introducing or reinforcing concepts to the young and not so young. Share these tree selections with someone young or young at heart.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Tree in the Ancient Forest by Carol Reed-Jones
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
As Dr. Seuss says in The Lorax ,
“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”
He encourages others to speak as well.
“Unless someone like you cares an awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Share your new found knowledge from Dr. Seuss with others. Visit a local nursery, seek advice on suitable tree choices for your landscape. Invite a child to help plant your selections.