Thursday, July 5, 2018
A Forest of Fierce Women Is A-Growing
We recently welcomed 20 new "residents" to Prairie Hill. They arrived a few weeks ago with bare roots and lots of promise. They are, in fact, 20 small red bud trees we bought from the State Forest Nursery and planted on the slope to the east of the stacked flats. Within 10 days they had sprouted healthy bundles of leaves and we knew they needed names to reflect their determination to thrive. The membership was asked to suggest the names of powerful women who showed the same determination.
The young trees were christened with the names of 8 women of color, 7 outspoken environmentalists, several authors, a medieval queen, an explorer, a jurist, many social justice activists, a poet, three moms of Prairie Hill members, and a dad (because we can always use a good man).
Members were asked to adopt a tree and see that it is well cared for. Be sure to come by next spring to see Jane Goodall, Amelia Earhart, Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Coretta Scott King, Jane Adams, Rachel Carson, Wangari Matai, Damita Brown, Maya Angelou, Mary Agnes Chase, Sojourner Truth, Joan Baez, Boadicia, Rosa Park, Lily Bailey, Nadine Gault, Fay Davis, and Alfred Fawcett in full bloom!