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Make It A Green Mother’s Day

Make It A Green Mother’s Day

As I have written about many times on Care2, no matter what the occasion, there are lots of simple ways to give your loved one a beautiful gift while showing the planet some love too.

For instance, during Valentineís Day I wrote about giving someone an edible garden and adding year-round maintenance to make it more meaningful and more lasting. This gift would be especially suitable for Motherís Day to show both the mom in your life, and Mother Earth some love.

Or, you can plant her an organic, cut flower garden, incorporating all of her favorite flowers. If you provide maintenance, including harvesting, during the season you can make up a bouquet for her weekly. You can even give her some private gardening classes to teach her how to maintain and harvest it herself.

While you are waiting for that cutting garden to grow, you can buy locally grown, organic, earth-friendly flowers including those from Organic Bouquet or, you can find a source for local, organic flower growers by visiting Local Harvest.

If gardening or gardens are not your thing, you can buy the mom in your life a gift that has meaning to her and that supports her local community. Consider a gift card from her favorite local restaurant, coffee house, hair salon, gift shop, or music store. Or, you can give her local art or photography, or tickets to see her favorite performer or to a local venue. Even if you donít live in the same community as she does, many places will let you order a gift card via the phone or online.

Another idea is to make your own edible, gift basket. This is really easy if you live near a year-round farmersí market like I do. You can give a unique gift basket featuring locally produced chocolate treats or other candies, baked goodies, and locally grown flowers. Some farmers’ markets even sell merchandise like t-shirts, aprons, mugs, and their own baskets and shopping carts. You can find your local farmersí market via several web sites including the USDA site, or at Local Harvest.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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11:15AM PDT on May 9, 2012

It's been almost 15 years since I lost my mother to an over-worked heart. I always miss her the most during the month of May. Between Mother's Day, her birthday on the 14th, and her having been named for the month (Virginia Mae), May is a bittersweet month at my house.

Recently, I've rediscovered the forget-me-not. It's my new favorite flower; it's native, it reseeds itself, and it's blooming right now. I think I'll go out to the cemetery on Sunday and plant some near my mother's headstone.

5:22PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Excellent article. Thanks.

1:38PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Very sweet ideas! Thanks!

12:15PM PDT on May 8, 2012


11:59AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Om Mother's Day in Sweden ; last sunday in May, I Will celebrate My mom
With à Green meal: a vegan dinner with veggies of the season, like fresh
Aspargus and avocados. This Will be my gift.

9:22AM PDT on May 8, 2012


1:34PM PDT on May 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:30AM PDT on May 7, 2012


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