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Trees Cut Down Transformed into Works of Art

Time had taken its toll on quite a few trees at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG), and several others were in need of removal to make way for other projects. There were only a few people, however, that knew something special was planned for the afterlife of these trees. In […]

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Truffula Trees…or Woodbutchery?

It must be something about this time of year: driving around Atlanta I see so many trees that look as though they would be better suited to illustrate a book by Dr. Seuss!  Perhaps it is the trunks and branches which are devoid of leaves that reveal the wildest and […]

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The Wake of the Hurricane – Downey Trees Report from the Panhandle

January 18, 2019 Even today, three months after Hurricane Michael struck a section of the Florida Panhandle, the scene in the storm’s path becomes other-worldly: trees uprooted, leaning precariously, or completely snapped off at incongruous heights. Hundred-year-old Oak trees still standing, but with gnarled limbs resembling ghoulish arms, leaves mostly […]

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A Prison with No Shade: A Tribute

The back roads were dark and sinuous. It was well before sunup and the day promised to be hot and humid: even though it was it was past mid-September, the heat of summer showed no signs of releasing its grip. The destination was Andersonville National Cemetery to see what help […]

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Petrified

While the beauty and variety of trees to be found on Earth can quickly boggle the mind, some of the most interesting and mysterious are those that aren’t even alive today. No, we are not speaking of that tree on your property that recently died or was blown over in […]

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Not your Granddad’s fishing pond!

Looking like cannon-shell craters left over from the Battle of Atlanta, properties all over the metro area are packed with what look like sinkholes bursting with weedy growth. Even the proper term for these repositories of water can be the subject of debate. Some are called “retention ponds”, designed to […]

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The Poster Child of Downey Trees’ Plant Health Care Program

Earlier in its life, this tree served as the shade tree for mechanics of the same name. Later, its magnificent presence thwarted developments that would have threatened its survival. Today, it is pampered and cared for with just about every arboricultural input available. The Norcross Elm (Ulmus americana) is not […]

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Teaching Aerial Rescue to the Rescuers

Last year, a blog was posted on this website titled “A Skill You Hope You Will Never Need.” The tragic reality is that sometimes the skill is not where it is needed—a jolting example of wrong place, wrong time. Read more about how the grief over the accidental death of […]

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