by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
One of the things I love most about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are the memories that I connect with certain plants and people. Walking around the Garden and seeing those particular plants makes me think of people I love. Always and forever, I will associate snap dragons with my Nana Ruby, who showed me how to make them create a popping or snapping sound, hence the name. I’ll always think of my Aunt Sally when I see a flower she called “Blue-eyed Sallies” because her sister, my mom, had a flower “named” after her. You guessed it — Black-eyed Susans.
But trees hold a magical place in my heart. Trees you can climb! You can sit in their shade. You can visit them year after year and they are the same, and different, all at the same time. I’ve been known to write a few tree stories over the years, particularly tree stories about how much my son loves the 100-year-old mulberry tree here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. I treasure these photos because the remind me of that magical time.
Did I mention that I was actually late to work today, because that same child was climbing a tree in our front yard, and didn’t want to get out of the tree to go to school? There’s just something about trees. If you have a favorite tree or a favorite tree story — perhaps you’ll be interested in our #TREEstory Instagram contest.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibit, Every Tree Tells a Story — photography featuring trees with extraordinary histories and meaningful stories. After viewing the exhibit and seeing the garden in fall, post a photograph on Instagram that shares one of your favorite tree stories by using the hashtag #TREEstory. The best photo/story combination wins a copy of Seeing Trees by Nancy Ross Hugo and Robert Llewellyn. Whether it’s right here in the garden or in your neighborhood, every tree tells its own story. Come see the show at the Kelly Education Center in Ginter Gallery II and share your #TREEstory!
The exhibition at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been made possible with generous support from presenting sponsor, The Davey Tree Expert Company.