GROVE SOURCED FROM NURSERY STOCK established by Garrie Landry Fall 2018. Garrie Landry wrote to Torreya Guardians 7 July 2018: "Currently I am working for the McIlhenny Company on Avery Island (home of Tabasco pepper sauce) as their first botanist, and I hope to establish a grove of Torreyas this fall in Jungle Gardens."
GARRIE LANDRY is a professional botanist who in May 2018 notified Torreya Guardians of the presence of mature Florida Torreya trees at the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve, Briarwood, in north-central Louisiana. Two Torreya Guardians visited that preserve November 2018, reporting results on our Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve torreya webapge.
Avery Island wikipedia entry:
Avery Island is actually a huge dome of rock salt, three miles (4.8 km) long and two and a half miles (4.0 km) wide. It was created by the upwelling of ancient evaporite (salt) deposits that exist beneath the Mississippi River Delta region. These upwellings are known as "salt domes." Avery Island is one of five salt dome islands that rise above the flat Louisiana Gulf coast. The Five Islands from northwest to southeast are Jefferson Island, Avery Island, Weeks Island, Cote Blanche Island and Belle Isle.
Avery Island is surrounded on all sides by bayous (slow-moving, muddy rivers), salt marsh, and swampland; it sits about 130 miles (210 km) west of New Orleans. At its highest point, the island is 163 feet (50 m) above mean sea level. It covers about 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) and is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) across at its widest point.
A small human population lives on the island (best known as the source for Tabasco Sauce. The island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
GARRY LANDRY COMMUNICATIONS:
2018: 4 July 2018: "I recently traveled to FL and picked up several very nice nursery-grown Torreya plants, and brought them back to Louisiana."
2019: 11 Feb 2019: "So far, Torreyas planted in a forest on Avery Island are doing well; no signs of any issues; anxious to see how they respond the rest of the year. We had a very mild winter this season in Louisiana not even a killing frost in our region." 13 Oct 2019 [he had taken a trip to visit and photo the big torreya in Madison FL then wrote] "Torreyas to plant in the forest of Jungle Gardens on Avery Island. Those I planted a year ago are thriving and have grown nicely, so I purchased some very nice large ones at a local nursery in Tallahassee and plan to plant them shortly in the same areas to create a grove."
2020: 5 July 2020: "The 5 Torreya trees I planted in a forest on Avery Island are doing exceptionally well, lots of nice new growth on the 2 year plants and as well as the now 1 year plants." He sent Torreya Guardians photos of his grove on 11 July 2020 (see below).
LOCATION OF GROVE WITHIN FOREST OF JUNGLE GARDENS:
JULY 2020 PHOTOS OF FLORIDA TORREYA PLANTS:
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