March 12, 2021 – National Plant A Flower Day | National Girl Scout Day
Do You Know How Many Lives Were Affected By One Adventurous Girl?
Welcome to March 12, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate poisonous poppies and adventurous girls.
In 1995, the Duchess of Northumberland was asked to spruce up the gardens at Alnwick Castle. Instead of the usual rose bushes and topiary, she created what is known as the Poison Garden. All the plants there are deadly. Especially the flowers. Some, like poppies, are poison if consumed. Others, such as Angel’s Trumpets, can kill by touch. When asked why she’d create such a place, the duchess explained that “so many gardens around the world focus on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill… most children would be more interested in hearing how a plant could kill if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be.” On National Plant a Flower Day, add some color to your garden, but leave the scary flowers to the professionals.
The life of young Juliette Gordon Low was full of adventure. She learned to ride elephants in India, climbed the Great Pyramid in Egypt and even went trout fishing with Rudyard Kipling. But when she organized the first Girl Scout meeting in 1912 with 18 girls, we bet JGL never imagined it would grow into a 3.7 million strong organization. Today the Girl Scout program does its share to build courage, confidence and character in its young women, along with financial literacy with its cookie sales. Some notable successes include Lucille Ball, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sally Ride and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. On National Girl Scout Day, we celebrate the adventurous spirit of one young girl who has made a difference to millions.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.