How would you answer the question, “What’s your tree story?” That was the question of the day when Davey representatives visited Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to greet dozens of attendees from the Garden Writers Association annual Symposium.
We received nearly 70 tree responses. As we reflect on 2014, here’s a list of our top 10 favorite tree stories from our passionate, energetic tree lovers. Check out our YouTube page to watch all of the tree stories.
1. Geri Laufer
Geri shared a story about her childhood in Euclid, Ohio, where she enjoyed a giant pin oak in her front yard. “I loved it so much that my business card has a pin oak right in the center to this day,” she explains.
|Sabrina Schweyer lived just one mile away from the country’s largest deciduous tree: a massive sycamore.|
Little did she know, Sabrina lived just one mile away from the country’s largest deciduous tree: a massive sycamore. She says, “When I was about 20, I made my first excursion to the tree and marveled at the experience. Since that time, I have revisited it, taking a select group of people with me that I knew would be really appreciative.”
3. Scott Roller
“It’s a beautiful testament to their love and the love of trees,” Scott says of two trees that symbolize his parents’ marriage. When his parents first moved to his childhood home, they cleared acres of brush and shrubs but left two small trees standing. Forty years later, the trees are large and strong, representing their love.
4. Dan Freed
After Hurricane Sandy hit, 40 trees were removed from Dan’s property. One uprooted tree, a 100-year-old ash tree, had a surprising root ball that Dan carved into a birdhouse. He used the roots as a head of hair on a female, used to signify Sandy, and he won best in show at a local art contest. He says, “Sandy paid the price, and now the birds have a place to live and play.”
5. Joe Desciose
Joe’s favorite tree, a dawn redwood, travelled all the way from Tokyo, Japan. He told us that his favorite part of the tree is the massive yellow leaves it produces in fall. “I may have the only one of these in Alabama,” Joe says proudly.
Christine shared a heartwarming story of one of the first trees she planted in honor of her husband’s grandmother, a flowering crabapple. When her loved one unfortunately passed, Christine remembered her by caring for the tree. “After a year of pampering the tree, it took off and was a really nice way to remember her,” she says.
7. Pat Stone
As a teenager, Pat and his dog, Sport, used to spend countless hours with a pine tree across from his house. At the time, this certain pine tree was the same size as Pat. “That pine tree used to very kindly let me whine about my life and a lot of times would just be quiet together,” Pat says. He adds that years later, the little pine tree isn’t so small anymore.
8. Nancy Buley
Nancy was blown away when she went to New York City for a tree planting and restoration meeting where hundreds of people attended. “It really just brought home how much trees build community and neighborhoods and bring people together,” she explains.
|Jacqueline Soule once found an owl in a special pine tree she was climbing.|
Moving from Vermont to Arizona as a kid was quite the move for Jacqueline, who describes herself as a forest girl. To remember Vermont’s environment, her family planted a pine tree in the backyard. One day as she was climbing the tree, Jacqueline found an owl in the tree. “It was such a moment for a forest girl stuck in the desert,” she says.
10. David Giesler
Growing up in a rural area, David says his favorite tree story to tell is of his two-acre land transforming from barren land to what he described as a wooded oasis. He explains, “There was one row of very short evergreens that over the years have grown now to an evergreen forest.”
So, what’s your tree story? We would love for you to share with us in the New Year! Comment in the form below to tell us about your tree story.