Posted on May 7, 2016
If you are wondering “Why dandelions?” – the official website has a great explanation.
In an effort to have perfect grass with no dandelions, many landscape gardeners spray herbicides on the lawn. Although I have read that proper use of herbicides is safe for animals and people and even insects, many people worry that herbicides are used too often and/or improperly.
And if there is a breeze, the spray can blow to unintended places.
It figures that herbicides sprayed at parks and playgrounds probably end up on the feet of, and perhaps in the bodies of, dogs and kids.
A group of people in the town of Carbondale, Colorado, lobbied to end the use of herbicides in their parks and playgrounds. And their efforts paid off! No more herbicides in public lands...and that means more dandelions!
Then the town had a vote – and the people of Carbondale decided to adopt the dandelion as their official Town Flower!
While celebrating dandelions on Dandelion Day, the townspeople also use the day to discuss new efforts to “being green,” living sustainably, and helping the environment heal from human actions. There are booths with information on clean energy and environmentally friendly products, and there is a parade, crafts for kids, and all manner of springtime frolicking.
Dandelions are pretty!
Also on this date:
Anniversary of the world premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
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