Trees for Birthday and Holiday Gift Giving

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Today is my birthday and like most other of my adult birthdays, I feel that this day is a special one because I am alive, healthy and living a meaningful life. Yet, when I tell inquiring family and friends I want nothing other than their love for my birthday, I am either given gifts that I don’t need or (because they’ve listened to my wishes) nothing.

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I actually would like gifts for my birthday: trees planted on my behalf. Then I thought of all the other gardeners in the world, who like me, have little use for more ‘things’ in their lives when gift giving time comes around: and who care deeply about the environment.

So, I am suggesting that giving a membership to or some other non-profit organization where trees are planted (in the recipient’s name if possible), would add meaning to gift giving with great benefits for potentially everyone in the world.

If any bloggers want to join this informal campaign for ‘tree giving’, please sign up with a link back to your site and with a note that you recommend the tree gift giving to your readers. If any of you have ideas on how we might formalize the program under the banner of ‘garden bloggers for trees’ or something a bit edgier, that would be terrific. If not, just posting this idea on your blog and adding some tree sites, would be great. Also, any other not-for-profit tree organizations that you have used and would like added to the list, let me know.

Call me a tree hugger if you want! I don’t care…..I’d rather have a newly planted tree than a cashmere sweater any day!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

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Nancy J. Ondra November 1, 2007, 3:48 pm

Great idea, Fran, and very timely, too. Here are some others I found:

I haven’t used any of these myself yet, but I think I’ll try some this year!

Pam/Digging November 1, 2007, 9:29 pm

Happy birthday, Fran. Many happy returns and many planted trees!

Kris at Blithewold November 2, 2007, 6:56 pm

Happy Birthday! I have the same disinclination to receiving (and giving) *thing* presents and love this idea! Blithewold, of course, has a memorial/honorarium tree program ( When a tree is planted for someone, an attractive tag with the name of the tree and who it’s planted for is placed with it. I’ve also given trees through Heifer Project ( Thanks for putting this idea out in the world and thanks for the link to Bwold in your blogroll!

fsorin November 5, 2007, 6:26 am


Thanks for letting all of us know that Blithewold has such a wonderful program! Fran

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