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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Yes, believe it or not, this is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, first launched in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The annual event began to spread around the world starting in about 1990 and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries. 

If you believe the environment is important (remember, a lot people do not, including the current president of the United States), maybe you should do something “green” on Earth Day this year. Or plan* something today to do soon. 

*I mention planning, because where I live, the ground is still either covered in snow or half-frozen in late April, so there isn’t much you could actually do outdoors right now.

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  1. Plant a tree … or a shrub … or a houseplant.
  2. Grow a vegetable garden, in the ground or in a pot.
  3. Start composting.
  4. Start a pollinator garden.
  5. Make buying local a habit, perhaps by frequenting a farmers’ market.
  6. Share cuttings, plants or seeds with others.
  7. Flower up a vacant lot with a seed bomb of native wild flowers.
  8. Recycle … just about everything (there isn’t much you couldn’t find a use for in a garden!)
  9. Install a rain barrel so you can water your garden without using municipal or well water.
  10. Make a donation to an environmental cause.

I’ll bet you have some ideas of your own, but the important thing is to use the momentum of this day … do to something GREEN!

Learn more at earthday.org.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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