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Krishna on the inspiring life of trees

Krishna and Radha under a Tree in a StormFurther to our post on the Indian roots of tree-hugging, arbiculturist Adam Winson passed along this link to a great quote from the Puranas: “Krishna on the inspiring life of trees.” Click through to read why Krishna said “The birth of trees is the most blessed in the world.”


Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 66 at Tree-Party-Central

Host: Your Festival of the Trees Coordinators
Deadline: November 29
Email to: bontasaurus [at] — or use the contact form on our Submit page
Theme: Open
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

What do you like most about trees? What kinds of trees grow where you live? Why are trees and forests important to you?

Each month we celebrate these and other tree musings with an online celebration hosted by volunteers from around the world. This December we invite you to join us for Festival #66 right here at our blog carnival home.

Our theme is open to all tree-related subjects. We challenge you to think outside the blog: send us a fresh look at an old friend. Need some ideas? Here are five fun ways to take a fresh look at trees:

1)   use chalk to sketch a tree shadow on the sidewalk

2)   visit a local orchard or tree farm

3)   dance with a tree, then try the waltz

4)   sit with the same tree for a few minutes each day

5)   visit a tree or forest you haven’t met in many years

Want some more serious fun? Think of a tree-question you want to answer, plan your own tree-related experiments, and then tell us about your results.

Visit the International Year of Forests website for events to celebrate trees and forests around the world.

Pick a trailhead, wander a bit, and then remember to share your findings with us for the Festival of the Trees 66.

Festival 65

Festival 65 at local ecologist comes to you live from the land of snow-broken trees, as we in the northeast of North America recover from a freak storm — another reminder that “global weirding” will be hard on trees and forests. But it wasn’t all gloom and doom among tree bloggers this month. Contributors to this edition share photos and stories of a forest of giant beeches in England, the oldest Banyan tree in Chennai, a mile-long allee of loblolly pines and live oaks in Louisiana, an Arkansas persimmon tree, and more. Go visit.

Submission Deadline October 27th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 65 is TODAY, October 27th. Celebrate trees this season with local ecologist Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans.

Send us your permalinks to trees: blog posts, podcasts, videos, and other online media, and be sure to grab a badge for your blog. Need some inspiration? Take a walk with your eyes trained on branches and roots, or review the call for submissions.

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 65 with local ecologist

Trees Eat Bricks at 47th & Hazel in Philadelphia, photo by Guy Noir

Host: local ecologist

Deadline: October 27

Email to: info [at] — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: Open – Everything Trees!

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

2011 is the International Year of Forests, and local ecologist Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans is celebrating with Festival of the Trees #65 (her second Festival this year).  Here is your opportunity to join the conversations at Georgia’s blog and investigate intersections of urban life and wildlife.

We invite you to take a closer look at your sidewalk this October, then send us the tree report. Show us spring fruit blossoms, sugar maple autumn leaves, tenacious rock-crunching roots, and shady canopied streets nestled in the oldest parts of your city. Show us which trees signal weather where you live, or get away from the city and show us what the local forests are up to.

We hope you’ll also share any juicy tree goodies you find online in your travels. Just send us the permalink, and we’ll do the rest.

We love trees & you love trees & trees need volunteers: win-win-win!

Celebrate forests and host Festival of the Trees at your blog. To volunteer, please contact us and pick your month. You don’t have you be a nature nut or a science nerd (both are welcome), all you need is a blog on any topic and a desire to host conversations about trees.

Psssst – spread the good word with some tree blog bling.

Festival 64 — Talking About Trees

Festival 64 is up at European Trees — a relaxed and discursive edition reflecting the author’s interest in forestry conservation and policy, as well as the perennial FOTT topics from bloggers around the globe.

Trees are our past, present and future, to understand this more we need to listen to everybody. The voice of the homeless using the shelter of a tree is as relevant as that of a professor.

Amen to that!

By the way, this may very well be the last edition of the Festival. If you’d like it to continue, please consider volunteering to host.

Submission Deadline September 30th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 64 is Friday, September 30th. All things trees – that’s what our host Pip Howard at europeantrees wants to see for October.

Send us permalinks to your thoughtful tree-rooted blog posts and online media, then grab a badge for your blog. Need some inspiration? Take a walk in the woods, or check the call for submissions.

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Got room for a tree fort in your blog’s backyard?

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 64 at European Trees

Lychee Tree After the Thunderstorm, photo by colemama

Host: europeantrees

Deadline: September 30

Email to: info [at] — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: Open – all tree topics welcome

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

For the October 1st Festival of the Trees #64, our host Pip Howard at europeantrees encourages submissions to invoke our curiosity:

“As a forester and still relatively new to the world of social media, it has been a huge pleasure and benefit to hear the many voices from around the world who share a common interest in trees but come from different backgrounds. This is a tool which can ultimately aid us all in ensuring the protection of all our trees and forests.

“I would like to invite any blog from any angle as I enjoy absorbing the huge wealth of artistic, scientific or simply passionate offerings that can be forthcoming.”

Tell us a story, take a stroll through an orchard, share your latest forest research, plant a seed or a seedling, or simply show us the changes in your local trees which herald the coming Equinox. Send us the permalink to your trees (and other trees you find online).

Festival 63 – Slugyard University

Go back to school with the Festival of the Trees! Edition #63 finds us at Slugyard University, where the learning never stops because, as everyone knows, beer is fatal to slugs. Many of the links this time fit the announced theme of trees and wildlife. The contributors (now promoted to professor status) found marbled murrelets, grey herons, tufted titmice, collared doves, varied carpet beetles, termites, fire ants… even, improbably, a pair of turtle shells in the trees. Classes at Slug U aren’t restricted to science, however, but include offerings in art, literature, religion, and conservation, too. Don’t be late to class!

Submission Deadline August 30th

The deadline for submissions to the Festival of the Trees 63 is Tuesday, August 30th.

Keep your eyes and ears open, and take a look at what the wildlife are up to–up in the trees. Send us the permalink to your blog post, video, podcast, slideshow, or other e-tree-creation. Spot something lurking in the trees at someone else’s blog? Tell us where to find them (with a permalink).

Read the call for submissions for arboreal inspiration from our host Mike of the Slugyard.

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Hey, who planted this forest at my blog?

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