Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

New Tree Owner, Gary Garrett

Commissioner Patti Garrett

Gary Garrett, who is on the Decatur Sustainability Board, and his wife Commissioner Patti Garrett celebrated Earth Day by planting a tree in their yard. After purchasing the tree at a silent auction, they thought the biggest challange was going to be digging the huge hole until they were asked how they were getting it home. Luckily, delivery of the tree was an option.

How did you celebrate Earth Day?

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Today is the official Earth Day which was first established in 1970. The City of Decatur celebrated Earth Day this past Saturday at the Oakhurst Community Garden and hundreds of families came out for the day. The event began with an “earth friendly” parade- no gas powered vehicles were allowed. The City brought out two of it’s electric vehicles, the ubiquitous mini-fire engine and the new PALS electric van.

Mayor Floyd & Commissioner Patti Garrett Lead the Parade

Many families and other groups showed up for the parade and their parade “finery” was all eco-friendly as well.

Daisy Scouts

Young Ladies Ready for the Parade

Parading Down Oakview

Team Chicken!

Once the parade reached the Community Garden, there was a plethora of activities as well as music and some of Decatur’s environmental groups. Children participated in crafts such as face painting, making necklaces out of wood and more. There were even opportunities to get close to birds of prey such as this beautiful owl:

The Beautiful Owl

One of Many Cakes Entered in Cake Contest

Plants at the Garden

If you have not yet completed your spring planting, be sure to stop by the garden and get some of their wonderful plants. I couldn’t leave the event without bringing some home for my yard. You may want to make that one of your Earth Day activities!

Hope everyone enjoys today and thinks of at least one way that you can become more eco-friendly in your daily activities. It might mean you walk or bike to school or work, give up plastic water bottles, take your lunch to school or work in reusable containers, or bring your own tote bags when grocery shopping. For more ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day, click here.

Have a great Earth Day!

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The annual Earth Day Festival in Harmony Park was held this past Saturday and enjoyed by everyone attending. The weather was great as was the music. The Morgan Rowe Band played from opening until 1:30pm and rocked the crowd. People danced and spread out blankets to listen to the music. 

Then there was the parade! Greg White led the parade and was followed by the Seed & Feed Band aka The Marching Abominables. They were in great “earth day” costumes and definitely entertained the onlookers.  



Greg White leading the Puppet Parade

Greg White leading the Puppet Parade


The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominables

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Member of the Abominables: I love his outfit!!

Children attending enjoyed making newspaper hats, masks and pipe cleaner glasses, courtesy of Decatur’s Children and Youth Services. They also had the opportunity to plant a flower to take home, thanks to Ace Intown Hardware and the Oakhurst Community Garden.



The music ended with the wonderful sounds of 10 year old Sidney Rhame’s band, The Lockouts. The oldest member of the band is 16 and I bet these young ladies will go far. Sindey is not only a good guitar player, but a songwriter as well.  I would bet that their future is very bright!


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Enjoy the beautiful weather forecasted for later this week by visiting Decatur Greenspaces. Thanks to a grant from the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Oakhurst Community Garden is sponsoring the “Greening of the Greenspaces”, an Earth Day art exhibit to celebrate the diverse parks and gardens in the city. Dancers have created site-specific performances and visionary artists have designed sculptures with natural materials that will biodegrade with time. The sculptures will be available for viewing at the sites below from April 18 through May 31.

Decatur High School Community Garden, at the corner of W. Howard Avenue at Commerce Drive

Glen Creek Nature Preserve, at the end of Fairview Road

Hidden Cove Park, behind City Schools administration office, 758 Scott Boulevard

Oakhurst Community Garden, 453 Oakview Road

Green Street Woods, across N. McDonough Street from Oakhurst Community Garden

Woodlands Garden, 920 Scott Boulevard

Visit www.oakhurstgarden.org for a list of the artists and performance times of the dancers.

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Decatur’s annual Earth Day Festival will be held this Saturday, April 18 from 10 am until 2 pm in Harmony Park. This year’s event features educational activities, crafts and earth-friendly activities, as well as music by the Morgan Rowe Band beginning at 11 am.

Join in the Ginat Puppet Parade beginning at 12:30 pm featuring the Seed and Feed Marching Abominables.

On Sunday, April 19, fun activities continue in Oakhurst Garden from 1 until 4 pm. There will be crafts, goats to feed and pet, a cake contest, live music and more. Plants and t-shirts will also be available for purchase. For more information visit www.oakhurstgarden.org.

Both events are free and open to the public. I hope to see everyone there!

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