Big Bertha: Where People “Believe in Trees”

Big Bertha: Where People “Believe in Trees”

Jan Myrick believes in trees.

She believes in Bertha. Bertha dominates the spectacular landscape of Great Falls, Montana, not far from the Missouri River. Bertha was already proudly standing above the house Jan’s sister purchased in this endlessly scenic community.

Jan attended one of my tree talks in San Antonio and was instantly reminded of Bertha and the warm thoughts she holds for her “family tree.”

Jan’s sister lives in Montana with the great tree and enjoys the memorial plaque the family added for their late mother, Eva.  Jan, her sister and her late mother “Believe in Trees.”
Apparently, the old cottonwood was struck by lightning, which cost the tree a great limb, but also provided a natural spot for the memorial plaque. As Jan reports, “It takes a great deal of work to keep up with Bertha.” She requires trimming every few years. So my sister has “believed” in Bertha and been rewarded with her aged, craggy beauty.  Doesn’t she have the best bark!”
Jan, her sister and their beloved mother remind us that love for our natural wonders is not exclusive to Texans. May you continue to grow big, Bertha and enjoy the deep love that is felt for you by a family who “believes in trees.”IMG00012

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com

Giant Cottonwood, Great Falls Montana, livingwitnesstx@gmail.com