Earth Day Musings

Making note of O.C. connections that celebrate nature.
Photograph courtesy of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Today is Earth Day, and there are plenty of ways to pay attention in Orange County. From a local resort taking extra steps in the name of sustainability to celebrations outdoors this weekend to a quiet tribute to trees, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach welcomes guests to tour the Harvest Garden, a half acre of land that is home to a composting system, a henhouse, and the gardens that provide ingredients for Harvest, the resort’s restaurant. The public is encouraged to take a weekly tour of the garden on Thursday afternoons with Farmer Leo. The Ranch has long been a leader in sustainability innovations and making sure the property is green. The latest programs include a tree planting initiative, OC Tree Collective, as well as Compost Crew, an employee-wide plan to collect organic waste at home for repurposing at Harvest Garden. You can read more about The Ranch and its dedication to protecting the environment here.

Photograph courtesy of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

No wonder it earned the highest level of recognition in the state’s Green Lodging Program in December 2021.

For those who want to gather in the name of a good cause, there are spring activities and events at the Garden Party at Argyros Plaza on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. The event is free, but you’ll need to register. It includes a concert from Very Be Careful, renowned for its Colombian music that’s sure to have you dancing.

Also Saturday, you can head to Sherman Library & Gardens for classes on creating a garden or learning the basics of composting, and there’s a storytime about hummingbirds for little ones.

And if you’re just in the mood for a good read about how fantastic our local trees are, we’ve got you covered with this essay from a writer in Laguna Beach.

Happy Earth Day!