In 2012 Melody Ruiz won the drawing for the tree at the Earth 1st Expo. Only after the tree had been promised was it discovered the American Forests Historic Tree Nursery had closed and these special historic trees were no longer available.
In 2012 Melody Ruiz won the drawing for the tree at the Earth 1st Expo. Only after the tree had been promised was it discovered the American Forests Historic Tree Nursery had closed and these special historic trees were no longer available. For many years the Ardmore Tree Board and Ardmore Beautification Council had provided a “survivor” tree for this event. Each had been a seedling from the American Elm that survived one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil in April 1995. The tree is located on the south half of the Journal Record Building block in downtown Oklahoma City.
Last spring, after several phone calls, a seedling from the “survivor” tree was finally located through the assistance of Mark Bays, urban forester with the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Bays developed a plan to save the tree and has made it his project for the last nine years). Regina Turrentine, an ardent tree lover, brought the seedling to her house after picking it up from Bays, nurtured it for many months, and after it grew to approximately 5’ tall decided it was ready to be planted at the new home recently built by the Ruiz family. Dee Ann Marshall, Ardmore Tree Board chair, presented the tree to Ruiz.
Trees are very special to our lives. They provide us with a sense of safety, we play under their branches as children and climb them for fun. They increase property values, and help cleanse the air -- just to name a few of their attributes.
To provide your trees with the care they need read the small brochure General Tree Care printed by the Ardmore Tree Board and the Ardmore Beautification Council. Basic information is offered from selecting a tree, determining space requirements, to planting, staking, watering and mulching so your tree can thrive.
To get your tree questions answered or consult with a professional call 580-223-2230. The Ardmore Tree Board and the Ardmore Beautification Council are passionate about trees and want you to know information is available.