When 9/11 happened, people’s lives were cut short, buildings were reduced to dust and almost all the vegetation on the World Trade Center site was destroyed. But not all of it. A Callery pear tree with charred roots was hauled out of the carnage and put into the care of Richard Cabo, a horticulturist who nursed it carefully and lovingly back to health in the Parks Department nursery in the Bronx.
Ron Vega, Director of Design and Construction at the 9/11 memorial had long planned for the tree to return to the WYC site, knowing that this particular tree was a deeply significant symbol of survival and renewal. It’s journey from the Bronx to the WTC was carefully planned and now the tree is home again. The video about its history and survival post 9/11 is deeply moving. I hope you enjoy it.