Earth Day Facts

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Earth Day helps remind us that we need to stay in that green state of mind, and each year on April 22nd 180 countries around the world celebrate this anniversary.

In the spirit of Earth Day, we would like to share a few facts that can motivate us all to consider our impact on the environment and take action.

Interesting Earth Day Facts:
The first Earth Day in the U.S. was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
Earth Day Network is the global coordinator for Earth Day.
Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in the United States. In recognition of his hard work, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
Denis Hayes took Earth Day international in 1990. Today he says that it is the largest secular holiday in the world, one that is celebrated by more than one billion people worldwide.
The first Earth Day celebration in the U.S. resulted in 20 million Americans participating in peaceful demonstrations to show their support for environmental reform.
On the first Day in the U.S., 2,000 colleges and universities participated, along with 10,000 primary and secondary schools.
On the first Earth Day in New York City, the mayor shut down Fifth Avenue for use on Earth Day, and allowed it to be celebrated in Central Park.
Popular activities that people participate in on Earth Day include planting trees, collecting garbage, cleaning up the coral reefs, signing petitions, and planning for a better environment and better planet.
In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day as International Mother Earth Day.
Some communities and schools choose to celebrate Earth Week, allowing for more time to make the earth the focus of teaching and study.
More than 100 thousand people in China rode their bikes on Earth Day 2012. They did this to save fuel and to reduce the CO2 emissions from vehicles.
In Afghanistan in 2011, the Earth Day Network planted 28 million trees on Earth Day.
In Panama, in honor of Earth Day, they planted 100 species of endangered orchids to prevent their extinction.
Earth Day is important to help raise awareness of the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about it. Some of the stats that are used to get the point of going green across include: Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch 3 hours of TV. It takes less energy (90% less) to recycle aluminum cans than to manufacture new ones. The average person tosses out about 4 pounds of garbage every day. The average person uses about 12 thousand gallons of water each year. Only 27% of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees EVERY YEAR. Every year there are 14,000,000,000 pounds of garbage thrown into the oceans. The plastic garbage kills at least 1 million creatures in the ocean each year.
More than 1 billion people were celebrating Earth Day by 2010, which was Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. More than 180 countries celebrated, and Facebook has become a popular tool to spread the word.

Plant of the Week

The Common Snowball Viburnum

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 Huge Beautiful Spring blooms

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Lovely Fall Colorsnow ball 3

Berries for the birds

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Can be used for Hedging or as a lovely accent piece.

Common Snowball Bush, Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, is an ornamental shrub that has been a garden favorite for centuries because of the “balls of snow” it produces in late spring.

One would make an eye-catching accent plant for your front yard, or plant several along your house or shed for a short, ornamental hedge.

There is nothing “common” about the Common Snowball Bush, and there are few plants more fun to have in your landscape!  Kids and adults alike love this rounded plant with its prolific supply of flowers.

The giant, spherical clusters of white and green-tinted blossoms will appear in masses in spring.  Some of the pristine blooms will even take on a pink cast for additional color.

In the fall, the leaves turn a wonderful burgundy, reddish-purple.  About the same time, the bright red, attractive berries ripen, and will persist on your plant throughout the winter.

Birds are very fond of the berries, and will likely be found snacking from your bush throughout the cold, winter months.

Common Snowball Bush is a deciduous, thicket-forming, Old World shrub.  It will grow to about 12 feet tall with an equal spread.  It’s very hardy, and once established, will thrive with minimal care.

A fun plant that provides outstanding blooms with minimal care, the Common Snowball Bush is a must-have plant for your yard today.

* Spectacular spring blooms
* Fall Color
* Wildlife interest
* Hardy