Flower Towers Using Reclaimed Trees

Walk into the 50-acre Glacier Gardens in Alaska and you'll be met with the sight of upside down trees planted throughout. 
[photo: Suzie Rozie]

[photo: Jenny Jens]

In 1984 a landslide swept away trees and much of Thunder Mountain in Alaska. Ten years later, Steve and Cindy Bowhay bought six acres for the purpose of establishing greenhouses.  

While reclaiming the land, Steve accidentally damaged a landscaping machine and in a fit of frustration, he used the machine to pick up a large fallen tree stump and slam it upside down into the soft mud and the idea for how to use hundreds of fallen trees presented itself.

[photo: Ginette C]

The upside-down trees known as “Flower Towers” are local Sitka spruce and Western hemlock. The tops are buried several feet in the ground, while the roots become a nest for arrangements of brightly colored begonias, fuchsias, and petunias.

[photo: Photo Nut 2011]

[photo: Photo Nut 2011]

[photo: peolson48]

How nice is it that hundreds of dead trees have been recycled into something so functional and beautiful?


Angie said...

I love this! I'm not a rabid tree hugger, but when you can recycle/upcycle something it's always a good thing. When it's something as beautiful and unique as this, it's a great thing.


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