Big Trees Inc. Donates Large Flowering Tree to Elementary School

Big Trees Inc. (, a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has donated and installed a large flowering Kwanzan Cherry tree to Cathcart Elementary School for a new outdoor reading area. The tree anchors a location that is intended to be a reading garden. The tree handling and planting was an event that brought students and teachers together for the 6th grade graduation day.

The Big Trees crew loaded up a Kwanzan flowering Cherry tree with a 6” diameter trunk, and made it to the school by late morning. All of the graduating sixth graders, and several of the faculty were present, as the Big Trees team unloaded and went to work planting the tree.

The crew had the tree planted in no time, and the kids got to come in for a closer look; touching the trunk and walking under the tree’s branches while gazing up into the canopy. The Principal has already decided to start a tradition of taking a picture of all incoming kindergartners under the tree with the idea of getting another picture under the tree at their 6th grade graduation.

The tree was installed at Cathcart Elementary where Big Trees Owner, Nancy Penrose’s son goes to school. The students have been growing hydrangeas for the garden over the course of the year for a science project. Nancy heard about the effort, and decided it was a perfect opportunity to put on a bit of a show for the graduating 6th grade class, and create a beautiful, peaceful space on the campus.

Nancy said, “There’s always an opportunity to interject your occupation into your child’s school experience over the course of their classroom career, and this sure seemed like a great chance to put on a bit of a show!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (, located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at