|Part of Friar Park gardens|
On approaching the tree a black black with bronzey- gold lettering reads;
George Harrison Tree
In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist,
a musician and a gardener.
"For the forest to be green, each tree must be green."
George Harrison (1943-2001)
On the 22 February, 2004, now marked in LA's history as George Harrison Day, Councilmember LaBonge hosted the tree's opening as they revealed the plaque along with live performances by Keith Chagall, who performed his own tribute to George with his "Soundlight", Paul and Ringo crooning through two of their baby brothers greatest works with "Here Comes The Sun" and "My Sweet Lord", and even Jackie Lomax performed an original piece about his beloved friend, and memories shared by friends, amongst two who couldn't attend, Billy Preston and Olivia Harrison, who both sent in messages thanking and remembering George, which were read to the audience. At the opening ceremony Labonge stated the following;
To this day the tree planted in his memory has grown over ten feet tall and had unfortunately been removed due to it's battling with a bug infestation. The Los Angeles Times posted;"George Harrison was and always will be one of our favorite Angelenos. His performance with the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl was unforgettable. He lived on Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills and wrote a haunting song about it. He married a native Angeleno, Olivia Arias, and they were a devoted team. His legacy as a humanitarian has few equals in the world. And, sadly, he died in Los Angeles. But upon his demise, he became an angel in the City of Angels and we are forever grateful for his contributions to the world."
"Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other-tree unfriendly creatures."- Los Angeles Times, George Harrison Memorial Tree killed... by beetles; replanting dueAs said in the Los Angeles Times article name, the tree is in process of being replanted.