to Waynesville, North Carolina (planted 31 July 2008)
21 potted seedlings to private property (Sara Evans) at 3,400 feet of south-facing mountain slope
supplement to photo-essay by Connie Barlow
THE CRUCIAL ROLE SARA EVANS PLAYED IN LAUNCHING THIS PROJECT: A 2009 article in North Carolina Wildlife magazine by Sidney Cruze features the early history of Torreya Guardians and how the 2008 plantings in Lake Junaluska (Corneille Bryan Native Garden) and Waynesville (this site) came about. Access the lengthy and beautifully illustrate article online in pdf: "Rewilding a Native". Excerpt on Sara Evan's role:... Waynesville resident Sara Evans joined the Guardians after meeting Barlow. "When I heard about Connie's love for Torreya and her plans to move it," Evans says, "I felt a deep connection to her." Evans' mother, Maxilla, had a similar passion for Shortia galactifolia, an evergreen perennial called Oconee bells for its distinctive white flowers. In 1990 Maxilla helped establish the Corneille Bryan Native Garden, a 1-acre preserve located near Lake Junaluska that is home to 500 species of trees, shrubs, and other plants. Evans now lives on her mother's land for half the year. When she learned the Guardians were looking for planting sites, she quickly volunteered her property and the Bryan Garden....
Genetics of the 21 Seedlings Planted in 2008
Seedlings No. 11 through 30 were purchased from Woodlanders Nursery in Aiken, South Carolina. The nursery owners wrote, "I believe all of the Torreya we have propagated and distributed in recent years (including the ones you refer to) were seedlings from plants here in Aiken. Years ago on a nearby estate we planted two female trees and a male. The females were cutting-grown from the famous old Torreya in Norlina, NC and the male was cutting grown from a specimen at the Henry Foundation in Gladwynne, PA."