Rogers Attends Toomer’s Oak Planting

May 13, 2011
Rogers Attends Toomer’s Oak Planting

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today, Congressman Mike Rogers attended a tree planting ceremony of a seedling from the historic oaks of Toomer’s Corner at Auburn University.

Rep. Dennis Ross (FL), a 1981 graduate of Auburn University and colleague of Rogers’, organized the planting of the tree on the East side grounds of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

“The rich traditions of Toomer’s Corner can now grow deep in the grounds of our Nation’s Capital.  It is a special day for Auburn University, and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Congressman Rogers said.

The oak trees at Toomer’s Corner have been a part of the school’s traditions for 130 years.  In February of this year, the trees were poisoned with herbicide and have been under close surveillance by the university’s Horticulture Department.  Every time an Auburn University sports team wins a game, especially football, students, alumni and fans rush to Toomer’s Corner to roll the trees with toilet paper.  The trees are a symbol of the school and serve as a meeting place for the Auburn family.

“After the devastating news of the tree poisonings earlier this year, knowing this seed will grow one day to shade the grounds of the Capitol should bring some hope and pride to all Auburn fans,” Rogers added.

Auburn University’s undefeated football team won the 2010 BCS National Title in January.

Auburn is located in Congressman Rogers’s congressional district.