A George Harrison memorial tree was planted at Griffith Park Wednesday to replace one that recently succumbed to a beetle infestation.
Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, took part in the ceremony to replace the Canary Island pine tree that was planted in 2004 at the Charlie Turner Trailhead, near the Griffith Observatory, to honor the Beatles’ lead guitarist.
The new tree is a yew pine.
Chris Carter, who deejays the “Breakfast With the Beatles” show on KLOS, emceed the ceremony.
“All my loving goes to our fan favorite, George Harrison,” LaBonge said of the re-planting, which took place on what would have been Harrison’s 72nd birthday. The former guitarist for the Beatles died in 2001.
A plaque near the tree site reads: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and gardener.” It also includes a statement attributed to Harrison: “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.”
At 6 p.m., a birthday celebration will be held at Harrison’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1750 N. Vine St.
—City News Service
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