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poetry and prose about place

Arbour Day in New Brunswick – 1888

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In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of trees in the school yard and the celebration of Arbour Day in schools in Nova Scotia during the early 1900s. One room schools in New Brunswick also celebrated Arbour Day.

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The 1888 Annual Report of the Schools of New Brunswick, by the Chief Superintendent of Education, reports on 1888 Arbour Day celebrations in New Brunswick, years before the first official Arbour Day in Ontario, Canada (1906).  The purpose of Arbour Day celebrations in the school was:

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to encourage the improvement and ornamentation of school grounds and thereby of cultivating on the part of pupils habits of neatness and order, and a taste for the beautiful in nature …

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In 1888 New Brunswick schools celebrated Arbour Day on May 18.  In the whole province, students planted 6,571 trees, 650 shrubs and 393 flower beds!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

June 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. I’ve been reading your posts today, Jane, a lovely start to the morning, thanks. ( ; Interesting that the part of your piece coming from the province is ungrammatical. To encourage must be echoed with “to cultivate,” not “of cultivating.”

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    acalvern

    July 15, 2016 at 7:43 am

    • Hi Allison. Having worked for government for over 30 years I am familiar with that lofty writing that accompanies the bureaucratic voice. In 1888 it seems much worse! And, as you say, grammar seems to be overlooked in the interest of sounding important! Makes you wonder why.

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      jane tims

      July 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

      • Also, Jane, i am enjoying your drawings! Thank you for reminding me of a New Brunswick i knew back in the mists of childhood, though i lived in a ‘city’ ! Which is what we called Edmundston. Another beautiful day in Ottawa, and a friend coming for lunch. Take care.

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        acalvern

        July 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

      • Thanks Allison. The drawings are fun to do, especially the feet of the marble-players/watchers.

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        jane tims

        July 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

  2. Love the dandelion clock: one puff, one o’clock; two puffs etc.

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    rogermoorepoet

    June 20, 2016 at 8:32 am

    • Hi Roger. I had forgotten about this. Good title for a drawing! Jane

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      jane tims

      June 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

      • Nobody can forget about telling the time with their grandmother on a country excursion by the dandelion clock!

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        rogermoorepoet

        June 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

      • You just needed a jog to your elbow. By the way Shari is a great choice: you will work together on the mentorship program. Best wishes. Roger.

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        rogermoorepoet

        June 20, 2016 at 9:08 am

      • I have learned so much from her already. As well as being a skilled poet, she has great instincts. We are working on my ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge manuscript’.

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        jane tims

        June 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

      • One of my favorites: we have worked together for a long, long time!

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        rogermoorepoet

        June 20, 2016 at 9:28 am


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