Friday, April 29, 2011

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Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

In The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein tells the story of a tree who gives all he’s got to a boy, and the relationship they develop over a lifetime. It’s a story about growing up and being selfless, but on the surface, we see all of the things the leafy giants provide. J. Sterling Morton recognized the importance in taking care of this valuable resource long before Silverstein wrote about it, and started a day of observance in 1872. Arbor Day has been celebrated nationally ever since.

The celebration here in the City of Trees gets under way at Capitol Park at 10 a.m. today. Idaho's State Controller Donna Jones will lead the celebration, followed by a presentation by students from Taft Elementary School. Members of the Society of American Foresters will host a tree tour, a Kwanzan cherry tree will be planted, and awards will be given to the winners of the 2011 Arbor Day photo contest.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it might be a good time to pop into the Capitol gift shop and check out the selection of hand-crafted wooden salad bowls, pepper grinders and other unique items, too. The gift shop will be open until 4 p.m. today.

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