Trees are a treasure in every capacity. From fruit to wood, foliage to flower, root to bark, we NEED trees for oxygen production as well as beauty in our lives. Not only do we need the trees, but also we find immense satisfaction in the choosing, viewing, designing, and general enjoyment of sitting under an old shade tree in the heat of summer.
There is an old saying “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.” Trees are an investment in our future. They have stages of life just as we do; toddlers, teen, young adult, mature adult and geriatric. Rarely, do many of us get to enjoy a tree fully through its entire lifespan. However, for those of us who do, it is an invaluable experience. Warren Buffet said it so well, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
Trees can move you to tears in their beauty, bounty, and grace and to another person it is simply a green structure to be conquered because it is in our way. There are those who see people that love trees as ridiculous and small or they do not even notice the trees at all. However, to someone who takes the time to look up and see the beauty of Mother Natures amazing creation and all of the life it supports and provides us, it is a point of infinite imagination and creation. No person can diminish that level of awareness. “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.” -William Blake
This month the Designers Roundtable writes on the topic of “Celebrating the Trees.” With the diversity of our elite group of designers and writers, this month is sure to be one of the most powerful, poetic, dramatic and possibly humorous posts to date. So, make a date with the Lords and Ladies of the Roundtable to enjoy the tree. You might just come away with a completely new appreciation for all things wood.
Calculate the benefits that a tree in YOUR landscape provides with the National Tree Benefit Calculator from the Arbor Day Foundation. You’ll see the dollar value benefit in these categories: Storm water runoff, property value, energy conservation, air quality, and CO2 mitigation.
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