Operation Sheltering in Place: Plant A Tree

The upside to a very tragic world-wide pandemic is that our earth home is breathing much better due to the lowering of carbon emissions. This Mother’s Day, the FUMC Eco Team is inviting members to take one more step and order a tree or shrub in honor of mothers in our lives as well as Mother Earth. Trees and shrubs breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen and they are home to birds and other wildlife. Mature trees can absorb roughly 48 pounds of CO2 each year. So here’s the plan for ordering your tree or shrub:

Great Plains Nursery is a terrific source of native Nebraska plants. Their staff collects seeds from all over the state, germinates them and carefully tends the seedlings. So, with (mother) Earth Day in mind, honor your mothers by planting a native pollinator and wildlife friendly tree or shrub. You can choose from the following 1 gallon potted plants ($15 each:

Shrubs: American elderberry, American hazelnut, Coralberry, Pawnee Buttes western sand cherry, Sugar shack button bush, Artic fire red twig dogwood

Trees: Sawtooth oak, White oak, Black oak, Dwarf Chinkapin oak, Northern catalpa, Endurance elm

Most plants have been grown from locally collected seeds and several of the shrubs are smaller cultivars of local plants (more appropriate for urban settings.) One exception is the Endurance elm; this tree’s parent is an Illinois specimen which survived Dutch Elm disease. How exciting to reintroduce a disease resistant American elm to our landscapes!

To learn more about these plants (mature size, habitat benefits, fall color) and to get planting instructions, visit their website!

To order, contact Teri Drymalski by emailing Teri.Drymalski@gmail.com. Please place your order by Monday, May 4th and it will be available for pickup at FUMC gazebo on Saturday, May 9, between 1:00-4:00 pm.

On Mother’s Day, May 10 at 2:00 pm, we will all join together in spirit as families plant their trees at home AND the Eco Team will be planting a tree on the FUMC property. Closer to the date, we’ll be sharing a short blessing that families may use as they plant. This gift to Mother Earth can commemorate this time when our earth began to heal and be a sign of hope for the future.