Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens 9/11 Survival Tree that Remembers, Inspires & Gives Hope


The 9/11 archway sits in an idyllic setting for the trees at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. A beautiful location where one can reflect, and remember family, friends, and colleagues who perished on 9/11.

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Three years ago, a 16-foot “Survivor Tree” archway at the Bartlett Arboretum was constructed with the collaboration of the Bartlett Tree Experts and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The “Survivor Tree,” a Bradford callery pear (Pyrus calleriana ‘Bradford’), was found alive in the rubble and replanted at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Students from John Bowne High School in Flushing, Queens, took cuttings from the tree, 14 of which were planted in a memorial archway on the Arboretum property.

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The 16 foot x 12 foot x 8 foot archway was made of metal and bamboo over which the 14 World Trade Center “Survivor Tree” offspring trees were trained to create a canopy tunnel. An artifact from the rubble was also brought in and mounted at the entrance of the archway.

The trees were gifted to Bartlett Tree Experts by the 9/11 Memorial Museum as a thank you for their benevolence and continued care and commitment to the “Survivor Tree” and the Survivor Tree Seedling program. Bartlett Tree Experts then helped construct this living memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The offspring trees continue to mature and are tagged with numbered gold medallions that identify each, and, like the Survivor Tree, they continue to serve as landmarks symbolizing resilience and hope.

As we approach the 18th anniversary of this day, step into this secluded garden and take the time to remember those that perished. “We invite residents to gather and pay their respects to the residents of Stamford who perished, to the other victims that died in the attack and to the many lives forever changed on September 11,” said Jane von Trapp, CEO at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens.