Former President Bill Clinton has been beautifying Georgia’s coast this week, planting a tree on the grounds at Sea Island.
The five-star resort on the private island off St. Simons Island posted this photograph showing Clinton, who visited to play golf and stayed at The Cloister, hard at work. He was following in the footsteps of other presidential arborists, according to information posted with the photo:
“President Bill Clinton becomes the seventh U.S. president to participate in the time-honored tradition of planting a live oak tree at Sea Island on August 2. The planting of a live oak, the state tree of Georgia and the symbol for strength, has been a meaningful way to commemorate special guests of the resort since President Calvin Coolidge visited Sea Island in 1928.”
Other presidents and dignitaries leaving a leafy legacy on the island: President Dwight Eisenhower (in 1946); Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard (in 1952); President Gerald Ford (in 1979); President Jimmy Carter (in 1981); President George H.W. Bush (in 1991) former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (in 1994); President George W. Bush (in 2004); and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (in 2004).
In addition, the Sea Island Gardening Group planted an oak to commemorate the G8 visit to Sea Island by five first ladies, including Laura Bush, Cherie Blair of the United Kingdom, Bernadette Chirac of France, Sheila Martin of Canada, and Ludmilla Putin of the Russian Federation.
Additional live oaks on the grounds of The Cloister honor Georgia founder James Oglethorpe, the 50th anniversary of The Cloister, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. Jones, Sr., and the Sea Island Employees in celebration of the 2000 Millennium. All trees are live oaks, except the tree honoring James Oglethorpe, which is an English oak grown from an acorn at his estate in England.
Thanks to marketing director Merry Tipton for the history lesson!
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