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Located in Alton Baker Park just north of the Cuthbert Amphitheater, this garden showcases trees noted for their brilliant spring bloom or fall foliage, donated in honor of loved ones as a living legacy. This two-acre garden allows visitors a tranquil respite in the heart of the city. Trees, seating nodes, and both styles of benches are sold out for phase 1. Due to the high cost of maintaining this showcase garden, plans for future expansion are not currently being considered.




Tree in the Garden



Located in rural Maine, we are a family owned and operated business. Operating since 1979, Pinetree Garden Seeds was founded with the simple mission of offering low prices on quality seeds to the home gardener.


The garden surrounds a one-of-a-kind bronze statue of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The statue was created by sculptors George Lundeen, Mark Lundeen and Joey Bainer, and is on loan to the visitor complex from Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.


Finding the right tree for your home garden can be a challenge. Whether you are looking to add a bit of shade to your property or to screen a view of a neighboring home, trees are often the solution. Ornamental trees can also be used to create a focal point in your garden. Fruit trees are also beautiful and can be grown in orchard fashion or incorporated into your garden.


Popular trees amongst home gardeners include dogwoods, maples, cypresses, cherries, magnolias, birches, crape myrtles, and many more. Use the resources below to determine what types of trees you are attracted to and how to work them into the design of your own garden.


The Chautauqua BTG provides Nature Education programs, a House and Garden Tour, guided discovery nature walks, monarch protection programs and preserves the beauty and sustainability of the Chautauqua Institution grounds, birds, trees and gardens.


When choosing trees for small gardens, it's important to do your research. Crucially, find out the ultimate height of the tree and how long it takes to reach that height. Some species are slow growing and might initially fit very well in a small garden but over time could dwarf your space, blocking out light and potentially damaging the foundations of your house.


Fortunately, there's plenty of tree species and cultivars with a compact habit that won't outgrow their surroundings. A well-chosen tree, positioned effectively, will make a beautiful focal point and provide interest throughout the year. If you only have a patio or balcony, there are also lots of ideal trees for pots. If you want to plant a tree to give you some privacy, consider our recommended screening trees.


Magnolias are truly grand plants, and while many are too big for a small garden, there are just as many shorter types to go for. Try species like Magnolia grandiflora, Magnolia wilsonii, Magnolia macrophylla Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei and Magnolia stellata, or cultivars like 'Alexandrina' (pictured) and 'Sayonara'.


Hardy palms are brilliantly architectural plants, suiting different garden styles, from gravel gardens to Mediterranean and tropical gardens. Small and hardy palms to grow include the Mexican blue palm (Brahea armata), Canary island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) and the Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis).


Inspired by observing a natural graft between two trees, he began to shape his trees. His intricate grafting techniques resulted in woven wonders made from threads of living wood. Straight tree trunks and branches were carefully bent, rather than cut, and became complex and compound designs in shapes like hearts, lightning bolts, basket weaves and rings. Erlandson claimed to be divinely inspired and spent over 40 years of his life shaping and grafting the bodies and arms of trees. He could control the rate of growth, slowing it down or speeding it up to blend his designs to perfection.


Due to Michael's creative vision, 29 of the remaining trees were saved. During the winter of 1984 they were carefully hand dug and boxed, their roots trimmed, then watered and fertilized to revive the trees. On November 10, 1985 during the "80-Ton Tree Caper", they were hauled over 50 miles of mountains. You can see video of that excursion here. More than 20 municipal, county and state agencies were involved in the permitting process and the ultimate move to their final home at Bonfante Gardens Theme Park, now known as Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park.


There are 25 Circus Trees still alive today. Ten of these amazing natural wonders are featured in Dixie Cup Plaza near the turnstile area at the front entrance of our Park. Nine of them are planted in various areas inside the Park. The remaining six trees are behind the scenes and are not viewable to the public.


For more information on the life and tales of the Circus Trees or Axel Erlandson, visit our gift shops for a copy of My Father Talked to Trees, a special publication written by Axel's daughter, Wilma Erlandson. If you would like to see each of our trees in person, pick up a Guide to the Circus Trees brochure from our Welcome Center, located in Sugar Plum Plaza to help you locate them in our park.


The best trees for privacy boast dense foliage, grow quickly to at least six to eight feet in height, and thrive when planted close together. Popular choices for evergreen privacy screens include dwarf cypress trees, arborvitae, holly, lilac, and some varieties of juniper. You could also mix things up by planting crabapple with redbud, dogwood, juniper, or holly alongside each other to create a living fence with enough plant diversity to truly thrive.


Genesis 2 narrates that God places the man in a garden with trees of whose fruits he may eat, but forbids him to eat from "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." God forms woman after this command is given. In Genesis 3, a serpent persuades the woman to eat from its forbidden fruit and she also lets the man taste it. Consequently, God expels them from the garden.


Given the context of disobedience to God, other interpretations of the implications of this phrase also demand consideration. Robert Alter emphasizes the point that when God forbids the man to eat from that particular tree, he says that if he does so, he is "doomed to die." The Hebrew behind this is in a form regularly used in the Hebrew Bible for issuing death sentences.[6]


Jewish sources suggest different possible identities for the tree: a fig tree (as fig leaves were used to cloth Adam and Eve after the sin), a grape vine (as "nothing brings wailing to the world like wine"), a stalk of wheat (as "a child does not know how to say Father and Mother until he tastes grain"),[8] an etrog (as the description in Genesis 3:6 matches the etrog fruit's beautiful appearance,[9] or else the etrog tree's allegedly tasty bark[10]), or a nut tree.[11]


According to Rashi, the sin came about because Eve added an additional clause to the divine command: "Neither shall you touch it." By saying this, Eve added to YHWH's command, and thereby came to detract from it, as it is written: "Do not add to His Words" (Proverbs 30:6).[14] However, In Legends of the Jews, it was Adam who had devoutly forbidden Eve to touch the tree even though God had only mentioned the eating of the fruit.[15]


In Western Christian art, the fruit of the tree is commonly depicted as the apple, which originated in central Asia. This depiction may have originated as a Latin pun: by eating the mālum (apple), Eve contracted malum (evil).[26][27][28]According to the Bible, there is nothing to show the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge was necessarily an apple.[29]


Uniquely, the Gnostic religion held that the tree was entirely positive or even sacred. Per this saga, it was the archons who told Adam and Eve not to eat from its fruit, before lying to them by claiming they would die after tasting it. Later in the story, an instructor is sent from the Pleroma by the aeons to save humanity and reveal gnosis. This savior does so by telling Adam and Eve that eating the fruit is the way into salvation. Examples of the narrative can be found within the Gnostic manuscripts On the Origin of the World and the Secret Book of John.[30]


The Quran never refers to the tree as the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" but rather typically refers to it as "the tree" or (in the words of Iblis) as the "tree of immortality."[33] Muslims believe that when God created Adam and Eve, he told them that they could enjoy everything in the Garden except this tree and so Satan appeared to them, telling them the only reason God forbade them to eat from the tree was that they would become angels or immortal.[34]


When they ate from this tree, their nakedness appeared to them, and they began to sew together leaves from the Garden for their covering.[35] The Quran mentions the sin as being a 'slip'.[36] Consequently, they repented to God and asked for his forgiveness,[37] and were forgiven.[38]


Choosing a tree for your garden can be a fun task, and time should be taken to get it right. 'There is a suitable tree for every situation,' says Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum, Gardens and Horticulture Services at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Whichever tree you choose, it will help you to be more eco-friendly, and this is why many leading garden designers (including Sarah Eberle) are using more trees to create woodland-style gardens. 'Besides their sheer beauty and elegance, trees give a whole range of benefits which affect the wider environment,' says Tony.


Not only are they proven to boost our mental wellbeing, they filter greenhouse gases and improve air quality. All these benefits mean that every garden, no matter how small, should have a tree. Whether it be the best evergreen trees or something with blossom and fruit, ask yourself, which is best for you?


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