and glass move skyward at the World Trade Center
site, an essential part of the National September 11th Memorial Plaza
is growing about 50 miles away.
Swamp White Oaks and Sweetgum Trees are being tended to at a nursery in
Millstone, New Jersey.
By the 10th anniversary of the attacks, more than half of the planned 416 trees
will have been transferred to the Memorial
Plaza, forming a canopy
near two reflecting pools built in the footprints of the two towers.
Tree Experts, the international company hired to tend to the Memorial Plaza
trees, also nurtures a number of trees in Central Park.
The company is no stranger to large projects, but they say this is a special
were very nervous about it initially. Not that we didn't have the wherewithal
to do the project, but just the importance of it. How critical it was to make
sure every tree did well," said Bartlett Tree Experts CEO Wayne Dubin.
on the 16 acre site sits in an individual planter box and is fitted with a
ribbon sensor that monitors soil temperature and moisture.
in giant planter boxes because we needed to make sure they're built so that
when they're planted it closely resembles the planting area that they are going
to be put into," said Bartlett Tree Experts Arborist Jason Bond.
been tending to the trees since they arrived in April of 2007. The trees now
stand at about 30 feet tall, and are expected to grow upwards of 80 feet. They
were chosen from regions within a 500 mile radius of Lower
Manhattan and are being pruned to mirror each other.
have a long life expectancy. And they don't suffer from any meaningful disease
or insect problems. And they're both well suited for an urban
environment," Dubin said.
the $8 million memorial tree project is a mix of public and private support.
The National 9/11 Memorial is also offsetting the cost of the project by selling
commemorative ornaments that run between $25 and $35.
is a living memorial that people will be able to capture their beauty when they
go there and visit these trees and see them and enjoy their shade," Bond
behind the memorial hope visitors will find growing comfort in a place marked