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Welcome to Day 5 of LiTREEture here on DDoA! Today I bring you author Richard Horan’s obssession with trees, but not just any tree- the trees that inspired America’s literary greats.
|“This photograph shows the burial site of Willa Cather. Next to her grave is her long-time partner’s grave, Edith Lewis. There is an old stonewall and a maple tree in the background. There are many documented accounts of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis coming to this very spot, sitting on the stonewall under the shade of the trees and reading and editing sections of “My Antonia.” Ms. Cather requested this burial site in her will.” Info & Photo by Richard Horan on Huff Post|
“My buddy Wallace, who grew up in Alabama around pecan trees, said this is the biggest pecan tree he’s ever seen. It soars high above the Montgomery, Alabama home where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and wrote “Tender is the Night,” one of the greatest works of literature by an American author. The year was 1933-34. Zelda lived there as well, before she had to be institutionalized.” Info & Photo by Richard Horan on Huff Post
|This amazing Weeping beech tree stands on the property in Worcester, Massachusetts where Esther Forbes, author of the great Newberry Prize winning book, “Johnnie Tremain,” grew up. Ms. Forbes’ grandfather, W.T. Merrifield, planted the tree some time around the middle of the nineteenth century. W.T. Merrifield knew his trees, and during his lifetime was the president of the Worcester Horticultural Society. The tree is a botanical specimen and was likely grafted to the bole of an ash tree because beeches are notoriously difficult to grow from seed. Ms. Forbes moved to the property in 1898…The huge mansion Ms. Forbes’ family lived in was torn down in 2002. What remains on the property today, just off the campus of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a botanical marvel. Soaring Tulip poplars, Carolina silver bells, oaks, lilacs, and hundred-year-old Japanese maples abound. Ms. Forbes was surrounded by arboreal splendor during her writing years.Info & Photo by Richard Horan on Huff Post|