Tawes Garden Tree
A sycamore ((Platanus occidentalis) Moon Tree was planned to be planted
in the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden in Annapolis, Maryland. The story above
is from the 9 February 1976 issue of the Salisbury, Maryland
The tree was presented to James B. Coulter,
Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, by Robert Raisch,
Area Director of the Northeastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service,
at the winter meeting of the State Association of Forest District
Conservancy Boards. Given this was in February, presumably the seedling
would have gone into a greenhouse or other protected area until the spring,
but there is no further information on what happened to the tree.
The Tawes Garden is located at 580 Taylor Avenue in the Tawes
State Office Building Complex in Annapolis. The
Tawes Garden Website
makes no mention of the tree.
The seeds for the sycamores were collected by the U.S. Forest Service in
Claiborne County, Mississippi. After their return to Earth, they were grown
at the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG) southern station
in Gulfport, Mississippi before being sent out as seedlings.
More detail on the
history of the Sycamore Moon Trees
Clipping above courtesy Salisbury, Maryland
Information courtesy Mark Thompson.
Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden
History of the Sycamore Moon Trees
Moon Tree Home Page
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