Sculpture Park plants sequoias and redwoods
Posted November 28, 2022 at 4:45 pm by San Juan Update
The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park shares news about some new, long-term additions to their collection.
PropagationNation and the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park have joined forces to plant six giant sequoias and fourteen coast redwood trees for future generations to enjoy and watch grow.
The sequoias are now about three feet tall and the redwoods roughly five feet tall. The sequoias were started from seedlings and the redwoods were cloned from the largest and healthiest trees available.
With the new plantings, the Sculpture Park is now a repository of critical genetic information that will not only enhance the beauty of the Park, but create an extended habitat to mitigate against the daunting climate challenges facing these unique tree species.
The trees can grow up to three feet annually, so SJISP encourages visitors to take photos with the new trees and visit often to compare their photos with the trees’ growth over time.
We thank Philip Stielstra, president of PropagationNation, whose vision as a champion of redwoods and sequoias made the planting at the Park possible, and Bob Barnes, whose knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm turns little seedlings into the beautiful specimens now spreading their roots at the Park. We also thank Ted Lagreid for taking the lead on this project after a visit to the SJISP, and bringing the trees and the volunteers to help plant them.
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park is located next to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island.
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This is a great thing! Have you noticed all the sequoia giganteum and sequoia sempervirens growing many many places on this Island already? Most of those were from Green Tree Farm Nursery which my Dad and I ran for a number of years. He LOVED redwoods and gave many away to various Islanders as well as sold them. Most of the sempervirens (Coast Redwood) were sprouted from seeds (mid-70’s) that Dad got from El Palo Alto- an over 1,000 yr old redwood that the city of Palo Alto,CA was named after. We are lucky to have some beautiful big redwoods here and the more the better!
Margaret, could you tell us some of the island locations of these trees and their approximate ages? I think I know some, but I’m not sure. Thanks.
What a great idea!
I appreciate the ongoing and energetic efforts to attract more people to the sculpture park. Planting trees is always a good thing. I have spent a lot of time in both types of redwood groves in California and Oregon. Awesome and certainly iconic. We have a 25 foot Giant Sequoia on our land gifted to us about 11 years ago. Attractive and different for sure surrounded by our highly disturbed natural forest type.
But as always, with so many things here, unfounded hyperbole strains credulity. Any suggestion that these few plantings, far outside of natural habitat and from very different climatic regimes, will be “repositories” of important gene pools or “extend redwood habitat” in any way, for either species, is inconsequential fantasy and, well “fake news”.
What a wonderful project
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