Regular readers will recall that I get all sorts of weird offers and press releases, but every once in a while I'll hear about something I really like or I think you will enjoy seeing. A few weeks ago I was offered some Home Depot gift cards in exchange for posting about a new site. Home Depot gift cards? Well, yes, of course I will look at your site and tell my readers about it. But trust me, if it was crap or a scam I would have said no, gift cards or not!
Happily the site is one that I would probably have shared with you anyway -- THE GROVE.
The purpose of The Grove on-line community is to inspire people to plant trees in their neighborhoods and local communities. Who can't get behind that? It's also a place for tree and nature lovers to share their planting stories and photos, offer their gardening expertise (like!), find out about events in their communities (double like!), and discuss ways to live a 'green' life. Now I have my issues with people telling me how to live 'green,' but nothing's perfect, is it? They say there will be certified arborists and staff members from the state and national forestry agencies on the community to answer your tree-related questions, but I admit I haven't tried that part out yet.
They have specific sites for your state -- CT's is http://americangrove.org/ct/ and it says it's sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Division of Forestry (CT DEP Forestry) and the Connecticut Urban Forest Council (CUFC).
I particularly like the tree selector function that allows you to select your state and the life event you'd like to commemorate and then suggests a tree and gives a description of the tree and its meaning. How cool is that?!
So visit www.americangrove.org/thegrove to create your profile and spend some time digging around the community (forgive the terrible pun). If you're a Twitter addict you can also get updates on The Grove by following @PlantYourLegacy.
And what did I do with those Home Depot cards? What else does a gardener do in the spring -- buy gardening supplies of course!