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Mon, Oct. 21

Memorial trees that remember in love

More and more homeowners are planting a tree to celebrate the birth of a grandchild, mark a wedding, remember those from the past or a pet at final rest in the back yard, but not all trees are created equal when it comes to mountain landscapes.

Memorial trees are the focus of this year’s 57th Memorial Day celebration at Watters Garden Center.

No matter which month commemorates that special someone, Watters has 12 trees that commemorate each month of the year.

Following are the trees chosen for each month:

May — Purple Robe Locust (Robinia). Grows just about anywhere it’s planted. A fast-growing tree that thrives in tough, barren, even sandy, soils. You can count on hundreds of purple wisteria-like flowers to cover this tree every Mother’s Day, filling the yard with a heavenly scent that is bound to bring back memories.

June — The Golden Locust (Gleditsia) is proven as a hardy street and shade tree, being fast-growing, heat and drought tolerant, and well-suited for the demands of mountain landscapes. It grows with an open, spreading canopy with attractive, elegant, somewhat weeping foliage. The ‘Sunburst’ variety is thornless, a versatile small to medium size, and is distinctive for its color — bright yellow shoots turning to yellow-green and yellow autumn colors.

July – Mountain Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). Its lustrous, leathery foliage is a rich, dark green topside and cinnamon brown underneath. Large, 5- to 6-inch creamy white flowers are exotically fragrant. A hardy magnolia that transplants well and does not lose as many leaves as other varieties, it exhibits evergreen-like cold tolerance.

This weekend Watters will be open with events the entire weekend. On Saturday, they are partnering with United Animal Friends to show dogs and cats seeking adoption.

Information provided by Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Road.

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