Michigan is not for sissies. We all knew that already. It's part of what we, as Michiganders are proud of. A love of nature that isn't always easy. If it was easy to live here, more people would. Here is my parents house today in Leland, and that snow is not a joke. What's showing at the tippy top? Our central focus cherry tree is just barely showing. Lots of people ask, what's the significance of your tree logo?
The "Leland gal" tree has been a part of our family for over 25 years. When my grandparents followed my family's lead to make Leland home full time, they purchased this farm land just north of town. There were a handful of cherry trees that remained on the land, and my grandparents wanted to highlight them as a feature instead of taking them out. This particular tree is the central focus outside of the front window. Surrounding this tree is a massive garden, lovingly put in by my grandparents. They worked in that garden together by the hour, and it was a great product of their teamwork.
In 2005, my parents moved into this house, and my Step Dad, Smitty intricately wraps every branch with white lights at Christmas. In 2009, my husband Greg and I were married underneath this tree. I guess you could say, we're pretty connected to this beautiful piece of nature, and I am proud to have a piece of my family history to represent my brand.