Queens Botanical Garden celebrates Earth Day with eco-friendly events all week

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Families can head to Queens Center Mall for a seed planting event with the Queens Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Vibodha Gallage Dona

In celebration of Earth Day, which takes place annually on Apr. 22, the Queens Botanical Garden has teamed up with Queens Center Mall for a series of engaging and environmentally-focused events aimed at promoting sustainability and community involvement.

The festivities kick off with a garden planting event at Queens Center Mall. Scheduled for Apr. 29 and 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the event will be located on the second level near Starbucks, offering families a hands-on opportunity to connect with nature. Attendees can look forward to herb sachet workshops and seed planting sessions, where they will learn to blend their own herbs and integrate sustainable practices into their everyday lives.

But the green thumb activities do not stop there. The Queens Botanical Garden will also host additional events throughout the week, including a composting event and a Climate Arts Festival. The composting event, set for Apr. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., invites volunteers to help with weeding, mulching, planting and gardening. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register via this Eventbrite link.

Wrapping up the week, the Climate Arts Festival on Apr. 27 promises a fun-filled day for families from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature a mix of arts and crafts, art exhibits, music and interactive performances, all centered around the theme of sustainability. This engaging event aims to foster a dialogue about environmental preservation and inspire community action.

Earth Day was created by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson in the 1970s as his response to the lack of environmental regulations in the United States. Nelson wanted the holiday to bring pressing environmental issues to the national stage. Twenty million Americans held demonstrations to bring awareness, and, in December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to focus on environmental issues.