Transplants are Welcome Here! [click on pic]

pretty lady with red hair and a tangerine tree in a container

Do you remember when you moved to your "forever home"? I'll never forget... for me it was 9/25/1978.

Seeing San Diego through the eyes of a newcomer was exciting beyond belief. Coming from the midwest -was it Iowa or Ohio? - I couldn't wait to experience that Endless Summer of legend. Especially since we were coming off the blizzards of winter '77-78.

That thrill hasn't changed much in the past 40 years. I've never told anyone I was from San Diego without their swooning a bit and then launching into how much they loved it here.

If You Give A Kid A Shovel...

Group of people planting trees

We're really proud to operate from a Tree City USA-designated place. Because of the City of Encinitas' commitment to our urban forest and its ongoing programs to plant, maintain and renew our street trees, it's a leafy and marvelous place to call home. These kids had a ball and the teamwork was wonderful. A great way for them to learn that things that are worthwhile take a little effort. This is a magnolia tree 'Little Gem' that will grow more beautiful each year. And so will these kids.

The Art of the Gift - Mother's Day [click on pic]

young lady with apple tree

Gifting truly is a lost art in this age of one-click and done. If anyone deserves a more thoughtful approach, it's Mom, Ma, Moms, Mother, Mammy, Madre, Mama or however you most affectionately address her. All too often, people give gifts they themselves would like to receive, with little consideration for the person they're giving it to. Sometimes, we think we spent a lot, so it has to be a good gift. Truth of it is that choosing a great gift requires more than a quick click.

The Road Home [click on pic]

canopy created by arching branches of old oak trees in southern California

Just imagine how happy you would feel to be welcomed home every day by these scraggly old oak trees. Experts estimate that our "urban forest" - that's the tree coverage in the nation's urban areas - has declined by over 4 million trees a year. That's an enormous amount of shade and cooling, carbon sequestering and sheer beauty that is being lost. Climate change provides advantages to pests and stresses some trees beyond their limits. Another great reason to give a tree in memory or celebration. Learn more at California ReLeaf.

Palms in Paradise

san diego sunset with palms in profile

While the rest of the country seems to be caught in the 'bomb cyclone' winter that makes the headlines, we at The Wishing Tree Company can't help but smile. Here's what an ordinary day in January might look like by dusk. Sunny and 80 here at TWTC -today and every day in our hearts! Did you know palms are not really trees? Botanically speaking they are in the grass family. If you're ever on Jeopardy, we hope that comes in handy!

Planting love. Growing memories. [click on photo]

When we started The Wishing Tree Company years ago, we spent a lot of time looking for just the right words to sum up what TWTC is all about.

"Planting love. Growing memories." just sounded right. And now that those first trees have had time to grow big and beautiful, the love and the memories are so alive and vivid, especially for the many memorial trees we have planted. Whether it's a family member or a four-legged friend, our trees say they are never forgotten and always in our hearts.

Tree Envy!

Japanese Maples are one of the trees you just can't ignore. Here in Southern California,

they might not grow as big or as fast as this one at the home of renowned horticulturist Dannie McLaughlin

in Fox Island WA. But choose the right spot and give a little care, and you can get the same spectacular

tree -more beautiful year after year. We can do a special order for almost any tree - give us a call!


Cliche or not, today I hugged a tree [click on pic]

Eucalyptus deglupta

Long before I knew that trees were my destiny, certain friends called me a "treehugger." If that was meant to be a pejorative, it went right over my head. "Isn't everybody?" was my thought. No, I wasn't an activist beyond a check written to good causes and stewardship groups I admired. But I didn't think there was a cathedral on Earth that compared to the majesty of the redwoods, nor a luxury hotel penthouse that could rival camping in Yosemite or Sequoia.