Ask Your Doctor if Breathing is Right for You

A recent news blip mentioned research that shows we Americans are largely ignorant of the natural world around us. Survey participants were unable to identify many of the most common plants, trees and flowers that we encounter day after day. That's why school programs that engage kids by making the garden an extension of the classroom are so very important. What we overlook, we disregard and fail to be good stewards. That we pay no attention to the very source of the oxygen we breathe isn't very smart, is it?


When the world and human relations seem too baffling to comprehend, Nature can show us common bonds.This little guy's dad left his home country of Afghanistan before he was as old as his son is now. But one sweet memory of the life he left behind so many years ago stays with him. He fondly recalled going out to the apple orchards in the country. There they would spread blankets under their favorite tree.Then the man who owned the orchard would climb the tree and shake down the apples for them.

Forest Bathing, Anyone?

children crossing a fallen log in the forest

Have you heard of 'Forest Bathing'? The Japanese have embraced the healing qualities of simply being among trees as part of their preventive medicine practices. Those of us who ran wild in the woods as kids never considered it a practice, it was just fun. When you give one of our beautiful trees to celebrate a special occasion, you're giving so much more than an ordinary plant!

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!