The Ancient Art of the Arborist

In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil was an eternal green ash tree that protected the entire world. Christian mythology says that the tree of life stood in the Garden of Eden uniting heaven and earth. And it is said that the Roman god Attis lent his spirit to the pine tree, which became the Maypole. On Midsummer’s Day, dancers would participate in a ceremony to celebrate the weaving of the world. As early as 600 BC, Celts planted trees in the names of their children to insure a connection between the divine and earthbound aspects of the soul.

These ancients would have easily understood Bryan Lilly. The bumper sticker on arborist Lilly’s truck reads, “Treehugging Dirt Worshipper.” Trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees, Lilly is a self-confessed plantaholic. He takes the health and welfare of trees personally by careful pruning, environmentally responsible pest management and constant monitoring. One of his latest projects has been to restore an entire heirloom apple orchard back to wellness.

Trees are the longest living and largest living organisms on earth, so it is no wonder that many ancient traditions, and Bryan Lilly, believe that trees produce both the fruits of knowledge and life. Bryan Lilly, ISA Certified Arborist – find him hugging trees at Natural Elements LLC (540-675-3084) in Huntly, Virginia.

For more information on the art and science of caring for trees visit the International Society of Arboriculture.