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Neither cold nor clouds will stop these spring bloomers.

Redbuds

Posted April 10, 2013. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark (April 2012).

The Botanic Garden’s blossoming redbuds (Cercis species) are especially vibrant against gray skies. Along with picturesque landscapes of trees and flowers, April brings people together from across the globe on Earth Day to celebrate and protect our amazing planet.

Planting trees is a great way to help the planet. Redbuds and other trees adapted to New Mexico beautify cities, clean the air, provide shade and improve watershed health. You can promote healthier landscapes by planting a tree and watering just twice a week in April. Albuquerque residents might even get a "Tree-Bate!"

Mark your calendar for the BioPark’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20. Be sure to stop by the Botanic Garden to enjoy spring blooms, meet some “seed-happy” people and learn about the important connections between people and plants.

Trees also offer protection to wildlife. Can you find the robin in this photo? Join the conversation on Facebook.

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