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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

Two Brothers

Rebecca
G

To honor his brother John, my colleague Jim planted a swamp white oak tree next to the pond overlook at our nature center.

Memorial/Tribute Tree
April 17, 2018
Two swamp white oak saplings at the side of a pond

Persistence

Shawn
K

As an arborist I often try to save little seedlings that will be lost for some reason or another.

History
April 17, 2018

How a Tree Lives On

Michael
C

Although I have a sad story about the end of a tree, it is also a story of how that tree continues to contribute to the Riverside community and has connected people who share a passion for our plan

History
April 16, 2018
Fallen large oak tree lying on ground

Redbud Love

Kathleen
D

I was truly caught up in the spirit of my first Arbor Day celebration.  I needed a tree to plant between my driveway and my neighbor's.

Arbor Day
April 16, 2018
Small redbud tree in bloom in yard

The Hideout

Jaime
V

When I was a kid, there was a large weeping willow in the far corner of my back yard. That tree was a gathering place for all my friends in the neighborhood.

Childhood
April 13, 2018

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