A recent news blip mentioned research that shows we Americans are largely ignorant of the natural world around us. Survey participants were unable to identify many of the most common plants, trees and flowers that we encounter day after day. That's why school programs that engage kids by making the garden an extension of the classroom are so very important. What we overlook, we disregard and fail to be good stewards. That we pay no attention to the very source of the oxygen we breathe isn't very smart, is it?
When the world and human relations seem too baffling to comprehend, Nature can show us common bonds.This little guy's dad left his home country of Afghanistan before he was as old as his son is now. But one sweet memory of the life he left behind so many years ago stays with him. He fondly recalled going out to the apple orchards in the country. There they would spread blankets under their favorite tree.Then the man who owned the orchard would climb the tree and shake down the apples for them.
Have you heard of 'Forest Bathing'? The Japanese have embraced the healing qualities of simply being among trees as part of their preventive medicine practices. Those of us who ran wild in the woods as kids never considered it a practice, it was just fun. When you give one of our beautiful trees to celebrate a special occasion, you're giving so much more than an ordinary plant!
Do you remember when you moved to your "forever home"? I'll never forget... for me it was 9/25/1978.
Seeing San Diego through the eyes of a newcomer was exciting beyond belief. Coming from the midwest -was it Iowa or Ohio? - I couldn't wait to experience that Endless Summer of legend. Especially since we were coming off the blizzards of winter '77-78.
That thrill hasn't changed much in the past 40 years. I've never told anyone I was from San Diego without their swooning a bit and then launching into how much they loved it here.
We're really proud to operate from a Tree City USA-designated place. Because of the City of Encinitas' commitment to our urban forest and its ongoing programs to plant, maintain and renew our street trees, it's a leafy and marvelous place to call home. These kids had a ball and the teamwork was wonderful. A great way for them to learn that things that are worthwhile take a little effort. This is a magnolia tree 'Little Gem' that will grow more beautiful each year. And so will these kids.
Gifting truly is a lost art in this age of one-click and done. If anyone deserves a more thoughtful approach, it's Mom, Ma, Moms, Mother, Mammy, Madre, Mama or however you most affectionately address her. All too often, people give gifts they themselves would like to receive, with little consideration for the person they're giving it to. Sometimes, we think we spent a lot, so it has to be a good gift. Truth of it is that choosing a great gift requires more than a quick click.
Nothing smells like spring more than apple blossoms - wish we could share through your screen. Imagine the memories you'll create when you give a pretty apple tree, delivered and planted, of course. Planting love. Growing memories.
Here's Hodgee - a legend from 100 years ago rises from the remains of a dead eucalyptus.
She's the creation of local artist Mitch Ewing, who spent many hundreds of hours freeing her from the tree trunk.
Just imagine how happy you would feel to be welcomed home every day by these scraggly old oak trees. Experts estimate that our "urban forest" - that's the tree coverage in the nation's urban areas - has declined by over 4 million trees a year. That's an enormous amount of shade and cooling, carbon sequestering and sheer beauty that is being lost. Climate change provides advantages to pests and stresses some trees beyond their limits. Another great reason to give a tree in memory or celebration. Learn more at California ReLeaf.
While the rest of the country seems to be caught in the 'bomb cyclone' winter that makes the headlines, we at The Wishing Tree Company can't help but smile. Here's what an ordinary day in January might look like by dusk. Sunny and 80 here at TWTC -today and every day in our hearts! Did you know palms are not really trees? Botanically speaking they are in the grass family. If you're ever on Jeopardy, we hope that comes in handy!