Plant a Redwood in your Living Room
You can now
purchase a bonsai redwood tree from Harry and David,
and support RFFI at the same time.
You may remember the
Redwood Rescue Project.
In 2010, RFFI took the lead in helping to rescue 700,000 orphaned baby redwoods from destruction. KOZT-FM (95.3FM) and KGO's
Dr. Dean Edell
sent out radio messages that were heard around the globe.
One innovative rescuer, Ruth Haussler, owner of Ascus Nursery in Healdsburg, made a generous donation and rescued 500 trees. She planned to make them available to urban dwellers, who ordinarily could not have their own redwood. Ascus Nursey has partnered with Harry and David, one of the nation's premier online gift shops, to sell these trees on line. Ascus Nursery is donating 10% of the proceeds of these sales to RFFI.
Purchase your redwood here.
While some may find it ironic that one of the world's tallest trees is being miniaturized, others may resonate with the history of this practice, introduced by the ancient Chinese and later by the Japanese. They adopted the practice of potted trees kept small to serve as objects of contemplation as well as decoration. Charles R. Long of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum tells us:
"As man sees himself crowded by burgeoning populations and a rapidly narrowing ratio of square footage per person, the bonsai becomes symbolic, as it did in another context for the Buddhists, of a long-abandoned, far distant better time when man was a natural phenomenon in and not above nature."
Pedro Yanez pulls weeds from the bases of thousands of cloned redwood tree saplings at Sequoia Redwoods / Orchids near Fortuna.
Photo credit: Kent Porter / Press Democrat
The trees offered here were cloned by Sequoia Redwoods, a nursery in Alton, CA from the tallest Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens,
living in northern California and then bonsaied by Ascus Nursery. In the tradition of the Asian cultures that pioneered this practice, RFFI has teamed up with these partners to allow you to bring this awesome natural phenomenon into your home.
Joel Gallegos and Willie Newman of Ascus Nursery pick-up one thousand baby redwood trees in Ukiah, CA to deliver to new homes in Sonoma County. Ascus Nursery plans to bonsai the trees and donate the a percentage of the proceeds to the Redwood Forest Foundation.