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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Jul 24 07:38 PM

July 24, 2013 - Circus Trees

The Ladder Tree

Just a bit south of where I live is an amusement park
designed for younger children. It is also the home of
the famous Circus Trees.

This link will take you to site that shows all of the trees at the park.

The Needle and Thread Tree

The park was originally called Bonfante Gardens after Michael Bonfante
who rescued the circus trees after their creator passed away. (It is now called Gilroy Gardens.)

The First Circus Tree

Axel Erlandson made the first circus tree by taking four saplings and grafting them together.

I don't usually reference Wikipedia, but it has a good amount of information and some good pics.

This is a before and 40+ years later comparison.

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Here is an excerpt of a book about arborsculpture.

SPUCK  Thursday Jul 25 07:16 AM

I think they got a lot of those trees from Scotts Valley. They had a park called Lost World that had weird trees too, and lots of huge dinosaurs. As kids we always enjoyed seeing the TRexs and things looming over the buildings seen from the freeway. I remember when they closed it everyone worried about the cool trees. Then we heard they were going to a similar place in Gilroy.

CaliforniaMama  Friday Jul 26 12:47 AM

Yup, same trees. I hadn't heard about the dinos, tho.

glatt  Friday Jul 26 08:18 AM

The ladder tree isn't looking so healthy.

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