1000 Trees Presenting Sponsor
On February 22, 2020, members of the Bloom & Grow Garden Society along with 200 volunteers planted 1000 bald cypress trees at Tucker Ranch, a 209 acre Recreational Park and Nature Preserve in Winter Garden, Florida, rain or shine.
Reason for Planting Bald Cypress trees
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a really important native Florida tree. It grows from Florida to Illinois to Minnesota. It will even grow in California. It tolerates very wet as well as dry conditions.
There was a bald cypress in Big Tree Park in Sanford called “The Senator”. It was the largest tree east of the Mississippi and stood 118 feet tall with a circumference of 35 feet. (A hurricane in 1925 damaged the top of the tree, shortening from its original 165 feet.) “The Senator” was considered to be over 3000 years old.
This means “The Senator” was alive not only during the time of Jesus, but for 1500 years before that when the Greeks destroyed Troy, when the Olmecs were powerful in Mexico, when Solomon succeeded King David and when Stonehenge was being constructed. That’s how old that one tree was.
Unfortunately, on February 29, 2012, Seminole Country police arrested a woman who confessed to causing a fire that destroyed this relic. Unbelievable. That amazing tree died in our lifetime.
In 2014, county workers planted a 50 foot tall clone in Big Tree Park and named it “The Phoenix”. They also planted a 60 foot clone of the old tree in Reiter Park in Longwood, Florida. Of course, it will take 3000 years for these trees to grow to the size of their parent, but, at least, they have the right genes!
There’s another ancient bald cypress in Big Tree Park known as “Lady Liberty”. This companion tree is a youthful 2000 years old and still stands a proud 89 feet tall.
Imagine planting trees that will live for over 1000 years. That’s what the Bloom & Grow Garden Society plans to do. In partnership with the city of Winter Garden, Cherrylake and Healthy West Orange, we will plant 1000 one gallon bald cypress trees at Tucker Ranch in one day in hopes that they will be there in 1000 years!
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