"... למען חבב את הנטעים, נטעי הארץ אשר נטע ה' לאבותינו לשבוע מטובם ולהתענג מיופיים, יש לבית-הספר לעשות יום טוב את היום אשר נועד מימי קדם בישראל לראש השנה לאילנות, לערוך בו במערכת, כרוב חן והדר, את העצים, הנטעים, השושנים והפרחים, ככל אשר יעשו בארצות אירופה בראשון לחודש מאי...".
-זאב יעבץ, זכרון יעקב, 1891
“… For the love of the saplings, the Land’s seedlings which God planted for our ancestors to be satisfied from their goodness and to enjoy their beauty, our school must make a festival of the day that was set aside from ancient times in Israel as the New Year of the Trees. To gracefully and beautifully arrange the trees, saplings, lilies and flowers just like they do in Europe on the first of May.”
- Ze’ev Yavetz at Zichron Ya’akov 1891
אִם הָיְתָה נְטִיעָה בְּתוֹךְ יָדָךְ וְיֹאמְרוּ לָּךְ "הֲרֵי לָךְ הַמָּשִׁיחַ", בּוֹא וּנְטַע אֶת הַנְטִיעָה וְאַחַר כָּךְ צֵא וְהַקְבִּילוֹ.
Avot D'rebbe Natan 31
Shimon b. Yohai said, "If you are holding a sapling in your hand, and someone says that the Messiah has drawn near, first plant the sapling, and then go and greet the Messiah.”
And on that day, your construction will no longer be, son of man, that which destroys the majesty of the world's own construction, and the beauty of your building a blemish in the sphere of cosmic beauty... And you shall learn Torah from the mouth of nature, the Torah of building and creating and you shall learn to do as nature does in everything you build and in everything you create. And so in all your ways and in all your life you will learn to be a partner in creation.
-- Aaron David Gordon
When I am Among the Trees
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again,
“It's simple,” they say,
“and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy,
to be filled with light, and to shine.”
“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.
The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” - Ram Dass
Anything on the wood wide web / hidden life of trees etc