At Hanselman Landscape, we make it a point to learn from the best garden builders in the world. James’ and my recent visit to Yosemite National Park was a case in point, as we spent an afternoon in Mariposa Grove, among massive Sequoias. James observed their trunk and branch spacing, the soil in which they had been rooted (many of them for hundreds of years), and read about the destructive forces that had felled too many of these majestic giants.

While we can not hope to reproduce a grove of giant Sequoias in Central Pennsylvania, we have been tending a grove of Metasequoia–Dawn Redwoods–in our Lancaster County garden for the past almost-20 years. These relatives of the massive Redwoods we were awed by in Yosemite are creating a majestic cathedral of their own here. Who knows what our Dawn Redwood Grove will become in 400 years? Possibly an East Coast version of the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite?

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& large tree enthusiast)