Tree Dedication

President Obama took time out of his whirlwind trip to Australia to dedicate a tree planted at the US Embassy.

As it turned out the tree was not the Winter Hill Tulip tree we supplied last week and I would be lying to say I wasn’t disappointed, but let’s focus on the bigger picture here!  Planting and dedicating a tree is a wonderful way to commemorate  a special person or special event.

The White Oak dedicated by the President, represents the US state of Illinois and it will grow strong and tall along with trees planted by earlier US Presidential visitors.

And remember the mature trees which lined the aisle of Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Wills and Kate?  The English field maples were chosen because they symbolised humility and reserve, together with the Hornbeam (Carpinus) which signifies resilience.  After the wedding those trees were planted at Prince of Wales’s Highgrove estate as a living reminder of their wedding day.

Closer to home and much more personal was the Winter Hill tree selected by a couple who wanted something delicate and pretty that would blossom each year in memory of their child.

Or the Tulip selected and planted in honour of a mother and grandmother because ‘it was her favourite tree’ and the new parents who chose a Magnolia Little Gem to plant in honour of their newborn daughter.

For some the dedication coincides with sadness, for others joy but I think the significance of planting a tree acknowledges hope and will in time bring happiness.

I’d love to hear any stories of trees you know of trees being dedicated. In the meantime I’m going to learn more about the symbolism of trees and will add the info I find to the tree pages on our website.

(I’m also going to see if I can find out where exactly the Winter Hill Tulip tree supplied for the Presidential visit has been planted!!)

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4 Responses to Tree Dedication

  1. Christine Swan says:

    Nice work — disappointing for you but it may be “dedicated” next time a President visits! That oak looked as if it has been in the ground for a few years!!!

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