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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: 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.

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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