The city of Auburn’s trees have seen both sides of the Iron Bowl rivalry. An Alabama fan poisoned them. Now, Pat Dye is planting them.
The former Tigers coach donated and planted a tree along a historic trail in Auburn on Tuesday.
Dye planted the tree, a Japanese maple, along the George Bengtson Historic Tree Trail. Dye’s tree, at the southern end of the trail, is one of 39 planted along the route.
Those trees range from a redbud with origins at the Henry Ford Estate to a direct descendant of the honey locust tree near Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address in 1863, according to the city.
Dye, now 77, coached the Tigers from 1981-92. He owns a Japanese maple tree farm in Notasulga, just west of Auburn.
Dye isn’t the only legendary SEC football coach with an interest in gardening, horticulture and trees. Vince Dooley’s passion for the subjects resulted in a book, “Vince Dooley’s Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach.”
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