I received contributions about "Arbor Day celebrations and other real-world tree festivals" worldwide, homages to trees from the personal to the communal, at the neighborhood scale to that of nations. Let's start in North America and branch out from there.
|Image: Coast live oak, Oakland, California|
|Image: Birches, San Francisco|
Simont and Udry extol the beauty of leaves, the fun of jumping in a great pile of them, and the warmth of a big bonfire in the fall. Trees provide a wonderful climb, a place to lean a bike, shade and protection from the wind, a home for birds, a limb to hang a swing or flower basket, or the ideal spot for a picnic. And, if you plant a tree, you’ll have the year-after-year pleasure of watching it grow. You may inspire others to plant their own trees, too.
|Image: Sign, Cleveland|
|Image: Sukkah, New York City|
While some stroll or sit under the trees, others run. Arati at Trees, Plants & more entered the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) 10K Run to see "[t]rees everywhere, lining most of the paths we ran through." From experiencing trees with many to only one other, Ash of treeblog and his father visited their four grey alders (Alnus incana) planted "out in the wild." (Sorry to hear about No. 4.) Pip Howard at europeantrees published an exchange about the landscape of Stoke Gabriel, the location of two lime trees that Pip is following for the Tree Year 2011 project. (Learn more about the project here.)
|Image: Cherry trees, New York City|
I wanted to end with Suzanne's odes to catkins. At Spirit Whispers, she examines the beauty of the catkin -- in gorgeous photography -- of the alder and the poplar. She describes the development of the catkin as "well worth the wait"! Suzanne will host Festival of the Trees #59. Please send your contributions to suziscribbles [at] yahoo.co.uk by April 29. The theme? How do trees inspire you?
Festival of the Trees #1 through #57 can be accessed from the official Festival of the Trees website.