Back to top

Read Stories

FILTERS

The Circle of Life

Jeffrey
F

In September 1999, my 13-year-old daughter came to me for help after being assigned an eighth-grade science project: “creating an experiment with plants.” Being an avid amateur gardener

Family
April 28, 2018
Oak sapling enclosed in mesh fabric to deter cicadas

My Tree Man

Anne
W
For at least 25 years I've been doodling trees--in margins of notebooks in high school English, on my flared jeans in Sharpie during a "Survey of the Old Testament" class in college
Family
April 28, 2018

The Last of the Elms

Ann
S

Studded with galls and marked by a long, zipper-like scar, the last of seven elm trees presided massively over our front yard, sheltering generations of squirrels and at least one small human who w

Childhood
April 26, 2018

Cherry Time

Barbara
L

My parents retired to a smaller home in the Aurora area as they aged, and their home had a cherry tree in the backyard. I would visit them weekly from the north suburbs with my children.

Food
April 25, 2018

A Gift for Mom

Meghan
W

Redbuds always remind me of the beauty of spring, the awakening from the winter and the coming of a vibrant summer.

Family
April 25, 2018
Small girl kissing trunk of redbud sapling

The Gathering Tree

Scott
G

Scott Grams, the executive director of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, shares the importance of a childhood tree and what it meant to the kids of a suburban tract home community.

Childhood
April 24, 2018

Watering My Willow

Robyn
F

When I was a small child, I liked animals. This is easy--animals have recognizable faces, personalities, behaviors. Animals are athletic, they like to run and play!

Childhood
April 19, 2018

The Tree's Story

CK
K

I have always loved and honored trees for their beauty strength and resilience. Long before I became an Openlands TreeKeeper I was a tree-hugger.

Memorial/Tribute Tree
April 19, 2018
Pine tree on city street at night surrounded by snow

Pages