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    6 Fun Facts About Presidents and Trees

    By Sheereen Othman | February 20, 2017

    The tradition of planting and gardening at the White House dates all the way back to the first president to ever take office, when John Adams planted a vegetable garden. But the tradition of planting trees on White House grounds started with Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson planted a grove of trees on the lawn. Over the past 200 years, numerous U.S. presidents have carried on this tradition of tree planting, whether it was planting memorial trees or planting trees as…

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    Loblolly Pine: The Eisenhower Tree

    Pinus taeda One of former president Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite hobbies was golf. He loved it so much that he continued to play in the winter and painted his golf balls black just so he could…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 14, 2017
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    Douglasfir: A Western Champion

    Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca Early Beginnings Scottish botanist David Douglas was among early explorers to North America. He travelled to and from the continent on numerous voyages studying plant culture. On his second expedition,…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 31, 2017
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    Leyland Cypress: A Transatlantic Hybrid

    x Cupressocyparis leylandii Seven hundred fifty years ago, a wealthy Englishman in Wales imported trees from the Pacific coast of the U.S. to add to his collection of trees from around the world. A Monterey…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 24, 2017
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    Beauty from the Boreal Forest

    The taiga forest —or boreal forest as we call it in North America — is the largest terrestrial biome in the world (other than the oceans).  Taiga is Russian for forest, but it also…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 20, 2017
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    The American Arborvitae

     Thuja occidentalis Did you know the American Arborvitae was the first North American tree introduced to Europe? In fact, that’s how it earned its scientific name. Occidentalis means “west,” the direction from Sweden where…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 17, 2017
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    The Pioneer Cabin Tree

    When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When Great Trees Fall, Maya Angelou One of the country’s most iconic trees toppled over Sunday afternoon as…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 10, 2017
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    8 Uses for your Tree After Christmas

    Whether to buy a real Christmas tree or artificial is an age-old question filled with lots of debate. Critics on both sides argue why one tree is better than the other. Naturally, artificial is…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 29, 2016
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    Ponderosa Pine: Old Soul of the West

    Pinus ponderosa “Of all the pines, this one gives forth the finest music to the winds.” John Muir When Lewis and Clark trekked through the Rocky Mountains into the headwaters of the Columbia River,…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 27, 2016