To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hoffman Estates, the Environmental Commission sponsored a contest to select an official Village flower and tree. Many may not know that we have a Village flower and tree. The announcement of the winners was published in the September/October 1979 Citizen newsletter.
Ginger Dickerson, who had lived in the village for 8 years, chose the daisy for the official flower of Hoffman Estates. She said that the daisy “has always been a symbol of simplicity and durability.” She also said that “the daisy was growing on the land long before there were people or houses in Hoffman Estates.”
The daisy is one of my favorite flowers. As children we always played the “he/she loves me, he/she loves me not” game as we picked off each petal to learn the truth. I also learned that the daisy represents a new beginning. It certainly is a flower that represents many new beginnings for all the residents of Hoffman Estates.
Dave Pivorunas, “ a senior honor student majoring in ornamental horticulture at Michigan State University” felt that the Hackberry tree should be the village’s official tree. The tree is native to the area and has a beautiful cork like bark as well as loads of purple berries that the birds love to feast on in the fall. In doing some research on the tree I found that the berries are edible and have a high fat content that helps birds survive the winter or their migration south.
Dave felt that the tree would be the best choice for village tree because, at that time, it was the oldest and largest tree growing on the old village hall property on Illinois Blvd., now the Children’s Advocacy Center.
I had to drive over to the old village hall and see for myself if the tree was still there, and it was. It’s a majestic tree, hugging the front of the old Geiske/Hammerstein farm house, shading a majority of the roof and gracefully hanging over the front walk. The farmhouse dates back to the late 1840s and the tree could be well over 150 years old.
Perhaps in the future, we can consider choosing a village bird since we have more than 4000 acres of park district and forest preserve land within our village boundaries. I can’t even count the number of different bird species that I hear and see in my neighborhood, maybe for our 60th anniversary.
Pat Barch, Hoffman Estates Historian