David Dethero and Historic Flat Rock, Inc. dedicate a Franklinia Tree at The Preserve and Bird Sanctuary Historic Flat Rock, Inc. on April 30, 2021   The Bartram Family and the Franklinia Tree Georgia was a British colony when in 1765 John and William Bartram observed a tree growing along the altamaha river. William returned to the area 8 years later and began his collection of seeds from this tree. He continued to collect seeds for 3 more years and then brought the seeds back to Philadelphia. William’s father died that year, 1777, and 4 years later William was able to achieve flowering trees. William named this genus Franklinia after Benjamin Franklin- a dear friend of John Bartram. John Bartram and Benjamin Franklin wrote to each other - and most certainly Benjamin Franklin was one of the first of the revolutionaries to focus on plants when the nation was in a struggling time - plants were and continue to be the great peace makers. Benjamin Franklin said there were 3 ways by which...

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