|Butterfly in the Redbud Tree|
|Redbud Tree in full bloom with heat shaped leaves beginning to unfold|
A Bit of Oklahoma HistoryMaimee Lee Robinson Browne, my husband John's grandmother, was instrumental in getting the Redbud Tree to be the official tree of the state of Oklahoma in 1937. Redbud in Poetry as expressed in verse collected by Maimee Lee Robinson Browne is a beautiful book of poetry that was published in 1964, honoring the Redbud Tree and acknowledging her for all the work she did to get this accomplished. She was the leader of a state-wide campaign to plant the Redbud tree. The beautification program took hold all over the state. There are over thirty thousand Redbud trees in Sulphur, OK. They must be a sight to behold when they are all in bloom in the spring. That is a lot of Redbuds compared to the seven on our ranch!
"Whereas in the beginning of this great commonwealth, when the sturdy and hardy pioneers thereof trekked across its rolling hills and plains, one of the first sights to greet them spread out in glorious panorama, was the Redbud tree-a tree, that as it arose in the spring from verdant fields, was emblematic of the eternal renewal of all life; a tree that in its beauty renewed the worn spirit and gave hope to the tired heart of a people seeking homes in a new land, and...." a partial quote from the Senate Joint Resolution Number 5 declaring the Redbud the official tree of the state of Oklahoma on March 30, 1937.
|Bees enjoying the nectar from the Redbud blossoms|
Beauty in Our Forests
|Redbud Tree in Full Cycle|
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