Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
by Lisa Winkler
When Elvis sang (in "All Shook Up") "I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree," could he have had in mind one of the trees at Graceland? We'll never know, but you could grow an offspring of one of his estate's trees -- pin oak, weeping willow, sycamore, or sweetgum -- for a touch of Elvis in your own garden. American Forests Famous & Historic Trees propagates a wide-ranging selection of trees with historic and cultural associations such as Elvis's Graceland Trees. Seeds or cuttings are taken from the original trees. Other choices include a honey locust from Gettysburg; the last surviving apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed; an overcup oak that grew near Abraham Lincoln's original log cabin; and a redbud from Glen Echo, Maryland, where Clara Barton, organizer of the American Red Cross, spent her last days.
American Forests' mission is to preserve historic trees throughout the country by recording their history. Through corporate sponsorships, the nonprofit group works with schools to plant offspring of historic trees and teach children the significance of saving trees.
Project Director Jeffery Meyer and American Forests have just launched a New Millennium National Tree Registry. This three-year project will gather nominations from communities across the country for trees with a special history, local legend, or unusual story. If you would like a nomination form and guidelines, visit American Forests' Web site: www.historictrees.org.