The Presidency: Eighteen Acres of Harmony

Eighteen Acres of Harmony

The Richard Nixon Sequoiadendron giganteum became so gnarled and twisted that it choked itself to death right on the South Lawn of the White House. A sad loss, but Gardener Irvin Williams has his eye on another sequoia to replace it. Thus does the life cycle on the White House grounds go on even as in the political world. The Benjamin Harrison Quercus coccinea dropped a limb over the fence onto Pennsylvania Avenue the other night. Nobody was underneath, thank goodness. But be wary. A 100-year-old scarlet oak has some privileges when it suddenly wearies. Nonetheless, the trunk of that tree...

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