Formed in 1875 by citizens concerned about the waste and abuse of the nation’s forest, American Forests is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization. The organization is proud of its historic roots in the development of America’s conservation movement and of the new approaches they have developed to help people improve today’s environment. American Forests works with communities to restore and maintain forest ecosystems through planting trees, calculating the value of urban forests, fostering environmental education, and improving public policy for trees. They have planted more than 25 million trees in ecosystem restoration projects since 1989. Their goal is to plant 100 million trees by 2020 through their Global ReLeaf campaign.
In addition to focusing on new trees, American Forests works to identify and protect America’s grandest trees by maintaining and publishing the National Register of Big Trees and America’s Historic Tree Register. Started in 1940 and published biannually, The National Register of Big Trees lists the largest-known specimens of native and naturalized trees in the United States. America’s Historic Tree Register commends important trees throughout time and is separated into five categories: age, historic tree, unique tree, famous places and attractions, and famous people. Some of the most famous of these trees’ are the Johnny Appleseed and Gettysburg Address Honey locust. Our Historic Tree Program (www.historictrees.org) brings history alive by propagating direct-offspring of trees that witnessed events and lives significant to American history. Through the planting of these historic trees and every other seed, American Forests hopes to spread their goal as an organization: to protect, restore, and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests.
Learn more about them by visiting www.americanforests.org
The daughter of a draftsman father and an artist/oil painter mother, our friend Cheryl has art in her blood. Her mother taught her to crochet at age 6, and she taught herself to sew her own clothes at age 13. She grew up in a beach town, and much of that scenery would become inspiration for her artwork.
Her love for anything creative grew over the years. She did macrame, china painting, pottery, seashell mirrors, and stained glass boxes with seashell lids. In the early 80s, she learned to make stained glass windows in a friend’s garage, and when she built her house, she made 23 stained glass windows for it.
She has loved and collected antiques for many years. Every time she finds a great old bottle, she feels it’s like a work of art. Cheryl departed from her love of art to support her children in the corporate world, but it has been her dream to do something creative again. These bottles are the result of that dream.
Cheryl makes our Message on Bottle and our Antique Bottles with Stone Toppers.
With so many of our products, we choose ones that remind us of special times in our lives or special people. In the case of our Patchwork Scarf, it looks a lot like one worn by our dear friend, Sybil Todd. Sybil was a very special friend to Wisteria. In 2007 she succumbed to cancer. Prior to her death, Sybil was our Vice President of Customer Service. She spent her entire career in higher education, mostly at the University of Virginia, where she was Dean of Students. During her time at UVA, Sybil focused on turning budding college students into leaders that could someday be forces for change in their own communities. After her retirement, she came to work with us at Wisteria. She helped us move from a crazy start-up to a crazy professional company, all without losing the values, determination, and laughter that marked those early days. Sybil used to say “God help us in spite of ourselves.” God surely did by sending Sybil our way. She was both a mother and a mentor to us all, and we miss her dearly.
This scarf is one of the ways we try to keep her memory alive.