Plans to plant Toomer’s Oaks sapling on U.S. Capitol lawn postponed

Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL), a 1981 Auburn graduate, will soon help plant a Toomer's sapling on the Capitol lawn.

A sapling from the Toomer’s oak trees will be planted on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

It just won’t be tomorrow.

A planting ceremony planned by Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL), a 1981 Auburn graduate, to coincide with the Auburn football team’s now canceled trip to the White House has been delayed “probably until next week,” said Ross’ Chief of Staff Fred Piccolo.

“We’ve been working on it about two months trying to see if the Architect of the Capitol would give his OK to plant a Toomer’s oak,” Piccolo said. “He recently gave his authorization.”

The plan may have had some inside help; David Ferguson, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Architect of the Capitol, graduated from Auburn in 1974.  Picollo said Ferguson personally received the sapling when it arrived at Dulles International Airport last Friday.

“We were going to have a little ceremony with people digging the shovels in and that good stuff,” Piccolo said “I’m not sure if there will be a marker or plaque, but if there isn’t I know the congressman would like to put one there.”

Piccolo said the three-foot tree will likely be planted on the Capitol’s south lawn.


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