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Re: Tony's tree

Well, if we go back to what Janice wrote:
"We will celebrate his life here and his life with the Lord now on Tuesday
2:00 pm at our Glenwood Community Church here in Vancouver.   Tony's wish
to be cremated.  Then later we will plant a tree in his memory on the church
grounds and plant it with his ashes.  He had worked on the church grounds a
lot of hours caring for the plants, shrubs and trees."

Then she asked for suggestions.

So, without bothering her right now, we know the church is in Vancouver WA,
and the tree is to be planted on the church grounds.  Perhaps we should slow
down, and come up with a list of suggestions for various scenarios, together
with our donation to be put toward the purchase and planting of the tree?

Just found the church has a website:  http://www.glenwoodcc.org/
They have a virtual tour of the inside but I didn't find anything about the
grounds, although the introducing Glenwood page has a little bit of
foreground in the picture at the top.  Also, the person responsible for the
building and grounds (including landscaping and leading the volunteer
caretakers) is Al Curtis.

I agree with all your criteria for the tree, Marge - 4 season interest and
it does need to flower. I haven't come up with any additional suggestions
yet; all the trees that come to my mind for a memorial are slow-growers and
ultimately huge - probably not what we're looking for!  I do think we (they)
need a nursery tree to get anything of a reasonable size.

I will ask my brother, who lives in Tacoma, for thoughts on climate and any
suggestions & let you all know what he says.

Melody, I also need your snail mail, & do we have a suggested amount?

Maryland zone 6

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2003 8:50 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tony's tree

> Quite right, both of you! Definitely consult Janice and do wait unitl
> next week anyway. Hard as it is for us to lose Tony, imagine what she's
> going through!? Unimaginable.
> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date:  Sat, 20 Dec 2003 00:55:35 -0500
> >Also think it's a marvelous idea, but agree with Donna.  Someone
> >needs to talk to Janice about it because we do need to know how much
> >space is available for the mature tree size and whether it would be
> >in sun or shade.
> >
> >The PNW climate is pretty marvelous for plants, except for those
> >requiring a long, hot summer.  Most of it is z8ish - cold hardiness,
> >except in the mountains, isn't as big an issue as for most of us and
> >summers do not have hot, humid nights.  Only issue would be if a tree
> >needed a long warm season to mature wood.
> >
> >I like the magnolia suggestion.  Did a bit of searching before I ran
> >out of steam in the wee hours and Ginkgo was also a consideration
> >tho' it has to be a male as the females make an incredibly messy and
> >smelly fruit, plus it grows to be an enormous tree.
> >
> >I had found Cornus nuttallii (Pacific dogwood) for edge of woodland
> >type conditions; native to the PNW, which would be very nice if the
> >area is shady.
> >
> >http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/conu.htm
> >has info. on it.  Hit "final picture" at the top of the page and then
> >work backward (previous) to see images of foliage, flowers, fruit,
> >fall color and form.
> >
> >I think the tree needs to be one that has good form, flowers and good
> >fall color (if deciduous) - a nifty bark wouldn't hurt - a 4-season
> >tree so Tony's spirit can enjoy it all year around.  And, it needs to
> >be something that can be readily found in their local area so a
> >decent size can be purchased and planted.  Most mail order is gonna
> >be too small.  Also think tree needs to be one that does not require
> >too much pampering to grow well (may knock the Cornus out of the box,
> >but it's a nifty tree).
> >
> >If anybody knows the town, I can do some inquiring among net buddies
> >in PNW to see if anybody knows the best nursery near it.
> >
> >But, think Janice needs to be consulted and also think it might be
> >best to wait a few days - may be very difficult for her to devote
> >mind-power to this right this minute.
> >
> >Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> >mtalt@hort.net
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> >----------
> >> From: Donna  <justme@prairieinet.net>
> >>
> >> Not to burst everyone's bubble here, but I think someone needs to
> >talk
> >> to Janice about this.
> >>
> >> We need to know more than a zone to find a perfect tree for Tony's
> >> memory. What type of soil, lighting, wind ...
> >>
> >> Having said that.... anyone know much about that area of the
> >country? I
> >> would hate to pick out a common tree for the area, when we are
> >thinking,
> >> that is a different and unique one based on our own locations.
> >>
> >> Donna
> >
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