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Celebrate Plants with Botanical Blog Carnivals

Summer Moonset Among Alders (Alnus rubra)

Join in the green festivities online with two lush blog carnivals:

The Festival of the Trees

First, high thee hence to The Organic Writer blog where Yvonne Osborne has prepared an inspiring forest-garden for every wanderer at The Festival of the Trees 49: Favorite Trees.

Happy Birthday, Festival of the Trees! Since July 2006 the Festival of the Trees has been celebrating all things arboreal online with the participants and hosts from around the world.

Join us for Issue #50: Trees Through a Child’s Eyes, hosted by Roberta Gibson at the Growing with Science Blog.

Roberta asks that we consider submitting child-friendly posts. Ideas include sharing bark rubbings, children’s drawings of trees and leaves, ideas for or photographs of tree houses, nature journals with tree themes, photos from a favorite walk through the woods, science experiment ideas, etc. If you want some serious inspiration, she suggests you take a look at Rachel Carson’s book THE SENSE OF WONDER.

You can read details about issue #50 here, and the easy submission information is included below:

Host: Growing With Science Blog

Deadline: July 29

Email to: growingwithscience [at] gmail [dot] com – or use the contact form

Theme: Trees through a child’s eyes

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

Berry Go Round

To begin, enjoy issue #29 of Berry Go Round at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog, which brings us “11 blog posts about plants that you really must read.”

This July Berry Go Round issue #30 visits Brainripples and opens its garden gates to intersections of arts and sciences throughout the plant kingdom.

Berry Go Round is a celebration of all things botanical, which encourages lively discussions about plants, their natural history, life cycle, growth habit and other related topics. I’m asking participants to expand this discussion to apply concrete botanical information to your personal interactions with plants, and allow yourselves to be inspired, to create, and to share.

Scientists and laypeople alike are encouraged to investigate not only the physiological and ecological aspects of a plant, but also a plant’s relationship to you, people, culture, place, art, dreams, and beyond.

Host: Brainripples

Deadline: July 28

Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)

Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections

Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email

Recap: What’s a Blog  Carnival?

If you’re still scratching your head, and you want to participate, here’s a little help…

Botanical Blog Carnival Participation in four easy steps:

Step 1: Blog about plants, trees, and all things botanical (or create other content/media, and share it online)

Step 2: Send us the link (see above for each blog carnival’s submission information)

Step 3: Spread the word (tell your friends)

Step 4: Enjoy!

Blog carnivals are published on a regular schedule, usually at a different Host blog for each issue. The Festival of the Trees and Berry Go Round are each published once per month. To find additional Nature Blog Carnivals, visit the Nature Blog Network.

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and Butterfly

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees at The Organic Writer Blog

I invite you to take a moment, close your eyes, and consider:

What is your favorite tree?

Maybe you think of a specific tree you know, or perhaps you think of a tree species you love. Maybe you don’t even know what the species of your favorite tree is, but by sweetgum, you know you love it!

This July, our host for The Festival of the Trees 49 is Yvonne Osborne of The Organic Writer blog. Yvonne and I share a love of writing, gardening, and dreaming, (and apparently a healthy synthesis of the three).

For Festival 49, Yvonne invites us to share a glimpse of “our favorite trees, whether from a childhood memory (sad or joyful) or the one growing outside our window, with participants using art in any form to relate their story — haiku, photography, flash story, sculpture, painting, etc.” — however the tree spirits move us.

I’ve never found a FOTT theme to be quite as challenging as this one. How to pick a favorite? Every place I’ve ever lived, studied, worked, or wandered has marked my memory with a tree (or two, or three), or a forest. Apart from my desire to study at a liberal arts college, at least half the reason I chose to attend The Evergreen State College was because the Evergreen campus is so well forested. If you’re one of my long-time readers at Arboreality, you already know that I select my places of residence based as much on cost and convenience as on the abundance of trees in proximity. My earliest, happiest, loneliest, strangest and most familiar memories all blush forest green. Where to begin?

Don’t wait for me to decide: everyone is welcome to participate in The Festival of the Trees. It’s easy to join in the fun:

1) Blog about trees

2) Send us the link

3) Spread the word

4) Enjoy the Festival on the first day of every month

Details for The Festival of the Trees 49:

Host: The Organic Writer
Deadline: June 28
Email to: yvonneosborne08 [at] gmail [dot] com – or use the contact form
Themes: Our favorite trees, shared in any art form.
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email
And remember to enjoy the June Festival of the Trees 48 now online at Wandering Owl Outside.

Still want more? The Festival of the Trees has been published every month since July 2006. Browse the FOTT archives, and enjoy!

Acer palmatum