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#ShareATree for Arbor Day Foundation with Green is Universal

This post is in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation and Green is Universal. Our family tradition this time of year includes hunting for the perfectly shaped, real Christmas tree at a local tree farm.  In a pinch, we’ve bought trees that have been transported from another state.  But we try to keep it local, […]

Continue Reading By on December 4, 2014 in agriculture, ecosystem, green, holidays, tree, wildlife

Family Landscapers Bring Organic Christmas Trees to Nashville

Thought you were allergic to real Christmas trees but didn’t understand why?  Organic landscape specialist Tanya Hans thought she was too…until she realized it wasn’t the tree that bothered her but the toxic chemicals sprayed on it.  She discovered that trees grown with natural methods and with organic alternatives to toxic pesticides were no longer […]

Continue Reading By on December 21, 2012 in agriculture, organic, tree

Work by Hand: Cut-Your-Own Organic Christmas Trees

The Ullrich family has been visiting Christmas tree farms for the past eight years.  They proudly picked and sawed down their white pine together on a warm December weekend.  The Robinson family made an adventure of finding the perfectly shaped Norway spruce for their living room.  “This is something we can do as a family; […]

Continue Reading By on December 7, 2012 in organic, tree

Lorax Family Movie Experience

href=””> *Sponsored post in cooperation with Stonyfield My kids were wide-eyed for most of the Lorax this weekend, happily munching movie theater popcorn, and bouncing to some of the songs.  By this time you probably know the Lorax has been a huge box office hit, you might imagine that the animation is superb, and you […]

Continue Reading By on April 2, 2012 in education, environmental, forest, green, parenting, tree

Tree Canopy

Parenting Fantasy:  Finding enough time to rest underneath this tree canopy and read an entire book that doesn’t have pictures. Parenting Reality:  Catching five minutes to appreciate the beauty of the tree canopy and take this photo. Do you notice how calming it can be to surround yourself with green space?  I counted at least five different […]

Continue Reading By on April 30, 2011 in green, outdoor, parenting, tree

Simple Ways to Help Save Trees

Do you play outdoors with your kids and talk about the animals that live in forests?  We try to connect the bird nesting in the treetop with good reasons not to litter.  When we play guessing games like, “where does this animal live?” we try to learn new words like “habitat.”  It seemed like an easy […]

Continue Reading By on April 7, 2011 in green, recycling, sustainable, tree

Trees at Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

I’ve been spending this week sharing about a lovely visit to the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.  Here are a few of our favorite trees that we spotted on our visit. 100-year-old Red Oak Tag said “cotinas coggyria” (Smoke Tree) Tag said “lagerstroemia indica Natchez” (Crape Myrtle) Century-old Cedars of Lebanon Hundreds of trees in […]

Continue Reading By on March 24, 2011 in garden, green, outdoor, sustainable, tree

Transplanting Trees

Time and patience can do much to beautify our yards.  When some volunteer seedlings popped up in the wrong places, my husband took a few minutes to baby one in a pot, and just leave the other one alone for a while. In this early spring when our ground is thawed, he has transplanted a promising magnolia and a thin maple […]

Continue Reading By on February 18, 2011 in garden, outdoor, tree

Christmas Tree Treecycling

Time to give a dried up Christmas tree new life with treecycling! A little jostling to unhook the ornaments was all it took for our parched spruce to relinquish many of its prickly needles.  It was past time to give the special tree a new place outdoors.  I swept up the needles to use for […]

Continue Reading By on December 31, 2010 in Christmas, green, recycling, tree