Breathe Easy

By Lee Latimer

Oxy­gen. You use it every moment of every day. In fact, you couldn’t live with­out it. Yet how often do you con­sid­er the place from which it comes, or the process by which it’s made? 

We here at the George Lan­dis Arbore­tum take our respon­si­bil­i­ty of pro­vid­ing you with this vital resource seri­ous­ly. From May to Sep­tem­ber, every inch of our over 300 acres is run­ning at full capac­i­ty to ful­fill this com­mit­ment. Even the rest of the year, dur­ing off peak pro­duc­tion, our ever­greens are hard at work.

We oper­ate by using a sys­tem known as pho­to­syn­the­sis, a process that con­verts light ener­gy into chem­i­cal ener­gy. Car­bon diox­ide and water are con­vert­ed, using light ener­gy, into car­bo­hy­drates such as sug­ars that the plant uses to grow. For­tu­nate­ly, a by-prod­uct of this action releas­es oxy­gen into the air. Even some air pol­lu­tants are removed dur­ing this activity.

We take pride in the fact that our oxy­gen fac­to­ry is total­ly envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly. Indeed, our strict pro­duc­tion stan­dards ensure that we are:

  • Entire­ly solar powered
  • Com­plete­ly organic
  • All nat­ur­al
  • Rich in biodiversity 
  • Eco­log­i­cal­ly sustainable
  • Rain­wa­ter fed
  • Esthet­i­cal­ly pleasing
  • A pro­tec­tor of wildlife 
  • Biodegradable
  • 100 % recyclable 
  • Arti­fi­cial preser­v­a­tive free<

Please come and see our facil­i­ties in oper­a­tion. We are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. When vis­it­ing please tread light­ly, keep our facil­i­ties enjoy­able for all. Dogs are wel­come, but they must be on a leash (to pro­tect them and our wildlife). Bags are pro­vid­ed to clean up after them. Do not pick or eat the trim­mings, but be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

So remem­ber us the next time you take a breath. It’s facil­i­ties like ours that keep you going. George Lan­dis Arbore­tum – serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ty since 1951.


Spring 2020

Volume 38 , Number 1

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