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Tradition

Tracey
M

In 1972 my parents bought a small house in Wheaton across from my grade school.  The house was dwarfed by a large tree, beautiful and strong, in our front yard.

Family
September 20, 2018
children sitting on large tree branch

Fence Eating Tree

Greg
L

August 9,2018, I took my 18-year-old grandson Michael to the city to visit a fence-eating tree that we visited in 2003 when he was in preschool.  The tree is still there and doing well.

Family
September 18, 2018
grandson and grandfather with tree growing into fence

In Praise of Snags

Domenico
D

The main reason my wife I bought our home in Algonquin, IL, was for its mature oaks. We have a collection of white, bur and red oaks in our yard.

Landscape
September 1, 2018
Red-headed woodpecker drawing

A Tree for All Seasons

Mollie
H

My beautiful crabapple grows happily right in the front of my house.  The reason I can attest to its happiness is that several times, during the spring and summer, it is sprayed with fungicide

Gardens
August 15, 2018
Flowering crabapple tree in front of house

Trees from Seed

MARGO
M

My husband and I have both loved trees since we were teenagers. As a result of this love, we have grown four trees from seed on our property in Woodridge, Ill.

Family
May 30, 2018

My First Tree

John
L

The spruce in this photo was given to me by a neighbor who worked for a large nursery in St. Charles. I planted it 27 years ago, hoping it would flourish; it was the first tree I ever planted.

May 16, 2018

One Among Many

Daugherity
S

I grew up just outside Chicagoland in southern LaSalle county, in a small town on the banks of the Vermilion river.

Childhood
May 8, 2018

Finding My Nest

Christine
F

“Christy, Christy, where are you?” my mother called, in vain.  I was only about a dozen feet away from her, but as it was 12 feet straight up, the odds of her finding me were slim.

Family
May 7, 2018

Poem: Catalpa

Alice
R

When I was five years old
Dad told me, “It’s a catalpa.
See its seed-pod cigars.”

There used to be
a great big tree
a great majesty.

Childhood
May 7, 2018
Seed pods of northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa

Apple Tree Tag

Katherine
A
I grew up in a small town 100 miles west of Chicago. I am the youngest child of a rather large family, with four older brothers and one sister. 
 
Childhood
May 7, 2018

Endless Beauty

Kelsey
T

This old tree ... I was in the neighborhood this morning, so I had to stop by and pause, inhale the scent of those sweet blossoms, and take a picture.

Family
May 4, 2018
Photo of a magnolia tree with pink flowers

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