Trees Indiana has provided Parkview Field with two Rambo apple trees, grown from the last living apple tree known to have been planted by John Chapman, “Johnny Appleseed.”
These two historic trees were planted at the South Gate of Parkview Field. Less than five feet in height at the time of their planting, these two trees have the chance to grow to over 30 feet at full maturity. “It was a natural fit,” said TinCaps Assistant Marketing Director, Abby Naas. “We have been looking for the opportunity to plant apple trees at Parkview Field, but we needed the right variety. It makes the most sense to not only plant apple trees to tie-in with the TinCaps theme, but also plant trees that have been directly raised from the last known living tree planted by John Chapman himself.”
The last known living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed was discovered at the historic Harvey-Algeo Farm in Nova, Ohio. Softwood cuttings were taken from the aging tree. The cuttings were then budded and individually grafted onto apple rootstock. The resulting apple trees are genetically identical to the original “parent” tree – Johnny’s own authentic legacy. The Rambo apple was Chapman’s personal favorite.
The apple trees planted at Parkview Field are two of just 50 of the final trees to come from John Chapman’s original tree.
Trees Indiana is a youth education organization whose mission is to inspire and educate Indiana’s youth to become stewards who plant, protect, and maintain their community trees. “Today, the outdoor playground has widely been replaced with the internet, video games and cable television” said Carol Cavell, Executive Director of Trees Indiana. “Many of our children are being raised without any meaningful contact with the natural world.” Trees Indiana connects children with nature through its TreeKeeper programs. Approximately 2,500 youth have been reached since its’ beginning in 2006.
Trees Indiana was launched in 2006 to inspire and educate Indiana’s youth to become stewards who plant, protect, and maintain their community forests. Building the future stewards of our environment enriches the quality of life in our communities.