The Heritage Oak has grown for many a year, within it stories have grown as well. Like a story, though, it is winding down, struggling with disease and age. We are happy to announce that our oak has received a last minute reprieve and will survive a little longer with the promise of more stories to come. So let us us gather as a community once again to commemorate our heritage oak, while honoring all of the other trees that are such an integral part of the landscape, beauty and life of our park. It is the “New Year of the Trees.” Though this event is not intended to be a religious event, it is inspired by the Jewish holiday, "Tu Bishvat;” and we will be joined by Rabbi Bella Bogart and Reverend Nancy Taylor. This holiday speaks to the renewal of nature. That is the intention of this event: renewal. On our slow ecological ramble led by park naturalist John Lynch we will honor and appreciate the trees in their native environment. We will conclude with a ceremonial planting of a seedling from the heritage oak tree known as “Jack’s Oak” and estimated to be over 200 years old. The spot will be marked with a sign before the seedling is returned to Quarryhill Botanical Garden, the Park’s Glen Ellen neighbor to be tended until it matures. Please join us on this joyous and inspiring walk into the "New Year of the Trees."
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11 am. Heavy rain will cancel.
Where: 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. Meet in the ranch parking lot.
Donations of $10 are requested for this ceremony and walk. The $10 parking fee is collected at the entrance kiosk.
Those not wishing to make a donation to the park, please register at the event. Parking fee applies.
Limited room so make reservations to attend.