It’s hard to believe Earth Day turns 50 next year. First celebrated in 1970, it was spurred into action by the Father of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson, after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. If you’re thinking about how best to go green on April 22, here are a few ideas for the whole family.
Planting flowers, herbs and vegetables is a fun and easy activity, especially for the kiddos. You can start from seed, or for instant results—head on over to your local greenhouse for some starter plants and plop them into pots. If you’re feeling like making a day of it, why not plant a tree! Keep in mind the recommended amount of sunlight and water; and choose the location carefully. Pick somewhere that’s open and away from structures such as a shed.
Make your outdoor space a solar place
Do you have a gazing ball in your garden? If not, this might be the year to get one (check out new arrivals in garden décor in store). Not only does it add mesmerizing reflections of light, it also attracts birds when positioned in a prominent spot. For a soft glow in the evening hours, think about solar-powered lighting options, like the dragonfly garden stake and bird feeder above. You can keep the serene scene going by adding a low-key water feature, like this bubbling fountain.
No matter how you end up spending Earth Day, you simply can’t go wrong by enjoying the springtime beauty outside, conserving energy and reusing/recycling whenever possible. For more inspo, browse our selection of patio furniture and fire pits.
Sources: plt.org, kcrw.com, hgtv.com