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Father’s Day: Plant a Tree for Dad

Looking for an interesting gift for Dad on Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June)? Why not plant a tree in his honor?

You could take him to the plant nursery and help pick one out. Or surprise him with your choice of tree. A child without much of a budget could plant an inexpensive seedling.

Look for a long-lived species. Probably the longest lived is the ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), which can easily live for 300 years, but there are dozens of others you could expect to live 80 years or more.

Make sure, too, the tree is adapted to local growing conditions: does it need sun or tolerate shade? Adapt to dry soils or moist ones, clay or sand, acid soils or alkaline ones, etc.? And consider hardiness too: it needs to be able to survive the winter in the region where you plant it. 

A garden center employee could help you make an appropriate choice.

You may be able to sponsor a tree in a public park. Photo: http://www.brunelengraving.co.uk

You don’t have room for a tree? Why not contact a local public garden, arboretum or park and see if you can’t sponsor a tree in Dad’s name? That way it will be taken care of practically ad infinitum and even if you move, the tree will remain accessible.


Plant a tree for Dad, an enduring symbol of your love and respect.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

3 comments on “Father’s Day: Plant a Tree for Dad

  1. Christine Lemieux

    I like the cartoon. Plant for future generations! I will be planting four different trees this week. I will plant one for my Dad, who has passed.

  2. Our coastal redwoods live for thousands of years, much longer than ginkgo trees live. I never planted a tree for my Pa. He must deal with too many anyway. However, he had me plant quite a few excellent trees when I was a kid!

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