- Elizabeth Findley
The $300,000 undertaking lifted the 10-story tree from its previous location to its new home. The transplant was the first step in a massive expansion of the downtown campus of St. Luke's, and required the closure of a stretch of Jefferson Street near the hospital.
Crews began moving the sequoia June 25 at approximately 1 a.m., and they began lowering the tree into its new location about 10 hours later. The plan is to use soil from the original location to help the tree adapt to its new surroundings.