This giant sequoia tree was planted in about 1890 (after the house was built in 1885). It’s on the grounds of the Captain George Flavel House, a Victorian mansion built by an early day ship captain & business man in Astoria, Oregon. The story of the house is well documented; it is owned by the Clatsop County Historical Society & open to the public. http://www.cumtux.org/default.asp?pageid=35. Thanks to William Barnett for sending us these wonderful photos.
John Yount sent us a picture of his giant sequoia tree in Beaverton, Oregon. John said “My first wife, Kay Elizabeth (Leland) Yount found a discarded 12” Sequoia in back of K-Mart in a characteristically black plastic bucket—-$1.98 in 1983. At her bidding I put it in a half oak wine barrel in potting soil for three years. That spring I hit the bottom of the barrel with a shovel and dropped the nearly root bound ball into a three foot hole in a corner of the backyard— Here it is 33 years later, her memorial after her death from brain tumor in 1997”. John, thanks for sharing the story and history of your tree.
Thanks William Barnett for sending this historical photo of the Flavel House. He said, “The photo I’m sending says the house was painted white in 1895, so this photo is after that, but what looks like the sequoia is a pretty well-established tree by then (there are 3 trees in the photo, all about the same size, in the general area of the present day sequoia). If the girl with the parasol standing nearby is 5ft tall, the tree must be at least 15 ft tall. There are also some notes I’ve seen that specify that the gardener (Louis Schulz) actually started planting the landscaping before the house was built”.
Behind the Home Grown Gardens Nursery are dozens of mature beautiful giant sequoias which gives one a chance to see the tree growing in rows. The trees are about 20 feet apart. The nursery is located south of Corvallis on the SE 3rd Street. Almost every property or park in Oregon has giant sequoia trees growing well.
A panorama of about 20 mature giant sequoia trees located at the Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. The seeds were planted in 1932. Click on the image to see the full view of this panorama of four photos. These images were taken in 2010 by Mario Vaden. He is standing in the middle of the row of giant sequoias with his parked truck. Mario works as an arborist/landscape designer in Oregon and another aficionado of redwoods.