Friday, April 27, 2012

Arbor Day 2012 ~ For the Love Of Trees

"It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted." 
~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

"He who plants a tree, Plants a hope." ~ Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now."  ~ Chinese Proverb

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."  ~ Nelson Henderson

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way."  ~ William Blake

"The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what "the story of the trees" would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand."  ~ Author Unknown

"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees." ~ Hal Borland

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."  ~ Henry David Thoreau

 I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is presst
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


  1. This is a lovely tribute to trees, Sandy, and I love your illustrations.

  2. Enjoyed your Arbor Day tribute to trees. I bet, like me, you learned the Joyce Kilmer poem by heart in school. It was nice to read the whole thing again. Time had erased some of the middle portion for me.

  3. Sandy, wonderful tree post! That quote by Teddy Roosevelt is amazing, back from 1907! You will be planting trees with the best of them; you are not going to be laid up like this for ever!! Take heart!


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