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About Us

Our Roots

The Wishing Tree Company was founded in 2010 in Encinitas, California - the city named for its little oaks. With its near-perfect climate, San Diego County is the ideal place to grow premium quality trees that are guaranteed to thrive. We follow guidelines from the International Society of Arboriculture & the Arbor Day Foundation to select superior quality trees. Experts in all aspects of horticulture and arboriculture oversee our operation to ensure every gift tree we plant will meet its full genetic potential & provide many years of enjoyment with minimal fuss.

Founder and CEO Patty Berg is a board member of the San Diego Horticultural Society and a member of the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego. She earned a bachelors degree from Cal State University, San Marcos and a masters at USC and resides in Encinitas, California.

   Operations Manager Jason Chen is a graduate of the prestigious ornamental horticulture program at North Carolina State University. Jason is a landscape designer and plant enthusiast who collects camellias. He enjoys running, hiking and yoga.

 

Marketing Coordinator Lorrin Boyer was a customer before she joined The Wishing Tree Company. Along with her many years experience in marketing and public relations in global markets, Lorrin brings an enthusiasm for the business of green gifting and a deep love of gardening and respect for the environment.

 

Events Specialist Maria Gualda is a longtime San Diego resident who practices classic homeopathy and is a proponent of healthy lifestyles. She has an extraordinary gift for making things grow. Ask her about her monster mulberry tree.

 

Our Mission

...is to create deeper connections between people through the magic of trees. Our tag line: "Planting love. Growing memories."

 

Our Inspiration

... started with the many Legends of the Wishing Tree found in cultures throughout the world. Wherever you may wander, there's sure to be an ancient story of wishes granted and dreams come true thanks to the benevolence of trees. But you don't need to look to mythology to see the everyday wonder. Walk around your neighborhood or go visit a National Park. Hike in the woods or build your kids a tree house. Ask a few people if they have a 'tree story' - then sit back and listen. One day soon you'll want to give a gift tree from The Wishing Tree Company and start yet another story for someone you love.

 

 

Here's a favorite tree story that came to us from acclaimed San Diego poet Kennette Harrison:

"When I was a little girl growing up in the South, my parents planted a dogwood tree for me in the front yard, even though the nearby woods were full of dogwood trees. But this one was my own and once I grew up and moved away, it became even more special. Whenever I'd come back to see Mother and Dad, we'd always take a little time to see how my tree was doing. If it had been a particularly lovely spring bloom, they would take such pleasure in telling me about it. My folks are both gone now, but the tree is still there where they planted it for me more than 60 years ago. To me, that tree was and still is my parents' love for me made visible."  

 

"White Birds and the Wishing Tree" by Luiza Vizoli. Copyright 2009.