The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-06-22T23:03:34Z Arbor Day In New Zealand 2014-06-22T23:03:34Z arbor-day-in-new-zealand The 5th of June is celebrated every year in New Zealand as Arbor Day and the significance of this particular day is not lost on Jerrod from Give Plants. As he says, “Trees play an important role in moderating our climate, improving our air quality, controlling floodwaters and providing homes and food for our unique wildlife”.  Jerrod encourages people to “Plant a tree and grow our future and take care of the carbon in our atmosphere by planting a native tree in the back yard and by volunteering to join or start a community conservation project.” Every year Arbor Day is held on the 5th of June to draw attention to the importance of trees in our society but how significant is the day and is New Zealand really as clean and green as we would like to think it is? Unfortunately, Arbor Day in New Zealand probably went by without many of us realising it was happening which is a shame because it is all about inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton and on April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska. New Zealand's first Arbor Day planting was in Greytown in the Wairarapa on 3 July 1890 and the first official celebration took place in Wellington in August 2012, with the planting of pohutukawa and Norfolk pines along Thorndon Esplanade. Dr Leonard Cockayne who is generally recognised as the greatest botanist who has lived, worked, and died in New Zealand, worked extensively on native plants throughout New Zealand and wrote many notable botanical texts. Even as early as the 1920s he held a vision for school students of New Zealand to be involved in planting native trees and plants in their school grounds. This vision bore fruit and schools in New Zealand have long planted native trees on Arbor Day. Many of Department of Conservation’s Arbor Day activities focus on ecological restoration projects using native plants to restore habitats that have been damaged or destroyed by humans or invasive pests and weeds. There are great restoration projects underway around New Zealand and many organisations including community groups, landowners, conservation organisations, iwi, volunteers, schools, local businesses, nurseries and councils are involved in them. These projects are part of a vision to protect and restore the indigenous biodiversity. Make every day an Arbor Day by contacting Jerrod at Give Plants to send a ‘living gift’ to a corporate client or to friends or family. Go to http://www.giveplants.co.nz to send a live plant. Stunning Easter Gifts From Give Plants NZ 2014-03-24T01:35:22Z stunning-easter-gifts-from-give-plants-nz For innovative and novel online gift-giving there is nothing that can beat a beautifully packaged and delivered plant or tree. Purchasing a unique gift for someone is often a challenge but the friendly team at Give Plants have some stunning ideas for a long-lasting, living gift. It may be a cliché but plants and trees really are a gift that ‘keeps on giving’. There are so many occasions on which the receipt of a beautiful, glossy plant would be the perfect gift, including the birth of a child (plant an olive tree now and harvest the fruit on their fifth birthday!) a christening, wedding-day, anniversary, birthdays, Christmas, house-warming and, of course, Easter. For those who are thinking of surprising a friend or family member with a lovely gift for Easter, Give Plants have the perfect answer. By going to their ‘user friendly’ website at http://www.giveplants.co.nz it is possible to choose from a huge range of luscious plants, flowering plants and trees to consider as a special Easter gift. As Easter comes at the end of the financial year, it may be a good idea to think of rewarding your employees with a completely unexpected gift. Usually ‘the boss’ can’t think further than a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, but imagine being the recipient of a beautiful flowering plant to take home and install out on the deck, ready to flower or fruit for the entire winter. Think of a beautiful Chinese Star Jasmine, or the Firebirds ‘Red Baby’ for colour and verve. A beautiful and glossy lemon or lime tree will do the trick every time, not only adding colour and class to your back deck or garden, but eventually providing lemons and limes for those long, cool summer drinks. Autumn (and Easter) time is feijoa time and Give Plants have some healthy, robust feijoa trees ready to be sent to some lucky person. Give Plants have designed their own corrugated cardboard boxes, which come in two sizes. They are made from 68% recycled paper and rest is from sustainable trees grown in New Zealand. The boxes are fully recyclable and are designed to protect the plant during delivery by locking the plant in place. They also look very smart when they are delivered. These boxes open easily and have slots inside to allow a greeting card to be added without the need to use glue or extra packaging. The professional team at Give Plants have thought of everything, so visit their website today to order a really cool gift for Easter.