© Jacqueline Perry, “Two Trunks”
Thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org/ for connecting children with nature and for sharing a few quotes about trees:
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”–John Muir
“The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”–Genesis 1:12
“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.”–Aldo Leopold
In my 30’s I must have planted or transplanted over a dozen trees. We’d buy the biggest trees that we could afford and manage the digging by hand. It was often back breaking to dig the large holes big enough for a large root ball. This practice of planting trees came to me from my mother and grandmother. Now, it is much easier to create the ideal landscape with a paint brush or a pen.