As the first buds spring up and the leaves return to the trees around us, we are reminded of the beauty and fragility of our natural world. It's fitting, then, that the month of April is all about environmental awareness, from Arbor Day (April 20 in Watervliet, April 28 throughout New York) to Earth Day (April 22).
On April 20, we will celebrate Arbor Day at the library with the planting of a tree generously donated by Davey Tree Service. Stop by at 6:00 PM to join the festivities outside the library.
While you're here, stop by the front desk to pick up an informational bookmark printed on plant-able paper embedded with wildflower seeds. This handmade paper is produced in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content.
Not only can you recycle your bookmark, but you can compost it or plant it and watch flowers bloom. The sheets are embedded with tiny seeds which include 15 annual species which tolerate partial shade, need 4 hours a day of direct sunlight, and grow to about 3'. Seeds include Spurred Snapdragon, Tussock Bellflower, Creeping Thyme, Lilac Godetia, Foxglove, Catchfly, Monkey flower, English Daisy, Red Corn Poppy and Showy Evening Primrose. If you plant the paper in a pot or in your garden, be sure to cover it with 1/8" of soil and keep it moist until established.
Looking for more ways to get involved with helping the environment in Watervliet? Come to "Keep Vliet Neat Day" this Saturday at 9:00 AM to help clean parks, boulevards and waterways throughout the city. Details here.