Monday, April 6, 2015

Trees For Monday Mysteries...!

Now these trees are not your typical tree that you might find in the forest, but their shapes were made deliberately.

The man that made them kept the process a secret , even to his death. There-in lies the mystery.

Axel Erlandson
1884 – 1964

Erlandson started as an alfalfa farmer and started grafting and shaping tree trunks as a hobby. He would later over a period of decades train trees to grow into shapes of his own design. He experimented with birch, ash, elm and weeping willows, making loops, hearts, chairs, spiral staircases, zigzags, rings, birdcages, towers, picture frames and ladders. Erlandson found his trees to be a popular amusement and decided to create his “Tree Circus”. Erlandson would not tell anyone the secrets of his techniques and would carryout his graftings behind screens to protect against spies. Erlandson died in 1964 along with his amazing secret procedure used to propagate his trees.

Interesting Fact: In 1985, after the Tree Circus went out of business the trees were bought by millionaire Michael Bonfante and were transplanted in his amusement park Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California.

One can only imagine how long it took to train and nurture all these trees in order to get the shape he was after. Quite an undertaking, I'd say!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Back to the 80s today.


Gorges Smythe said...

It's a shame that he never shared his secrets; they might have had other benefits.

linda m said...

I wish I could have seen some of them. How fascinating to do something like that. Coffee on the patio sounds wonderful. I'll bring some fresh baked bread and sweet WI butter.

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Bubba -
Let's sit under the trees and have some of Linda's bread and butter, or on the patio sounds good, too. We saw the giant Redwoods last year in CA,and I still say trees and clouds are always enjoyable. I can see both from here at my desk ....
Big hugs -

Dizzy-Dick said...

It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature, she may get mad.

Mamahen said...

I find these amazing m...fresh bread n butter in the fresh air sounds about home made apple butter to:))