Oct 5th, 2014

Enter our #TREEStory Instagram Contest!

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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One of the things I love most about working at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is 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 snapdragons 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 they remind me of that magical time.

My son, as a youngster, in the Children's Garden mulberry tree.

My son as a youngster in the Children’s Garden mulberry tree.

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.


Seeing Trees book by Nancy Ross Hugo

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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