Today is Love a Tree Day! This relatively unknown holiday falls every year on May 16th. It’s a good day to plant a tree, water a tree, learn about a tree, and yes, hug a tree.
On a more personal note, the holiday falls during my parents’ visit this year. And that’s perfect timing. My dad has a bit of Johnny Appleseed in him. For the first several years of his retirement, he was all about trees. On a piece of land in Oregon, he walked miles and miles, digging and planting. With 100 pounds of Douglas Fir seedlings on his back, he planted the first mile. He then hiked back to the car for another 100 pounds to plant from mile two to mile three. Back to the car for another load of seedlings, another mile, and another round of digging and planting. When I asked why, he simply responded that this would be a good forest one day. It’s getting closer – the first year’s trees are now twenty feet tall. In another generation or two, this will be a grand old-growth forest. My dad is no longer planting his forest, but this year on Love a Tree Day, Johnny Appleseed is In The House. And we are celebrating.
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Many know the legend of Johnny Appleseed, the Massachusetts man who planted apple trees all the way to California. But this true story of Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, is even greater than the legend.