SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (, a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area, helped a mother get a tree in her yard that her daughter watched for every day on the way home.

Big Trees is on the east side of a busy Snohomish county  highway. By 4:00pm on any weekday afternoon there can be thousands of cars that pass the nursery at a crawl, full of people waiting to get home.

One of these people was little Cora, who beginning around 3 years old kept getting excited about a “Big Grasshopper” she kept seeing out the window of the car in the vicinity of the nursery.

She regularly tried to get her mom, Heather, to see this reoccurring landmark each day on the way home, but it took her a long time and some more vocabulary expansion before Heather realized that her daughter was referring to the top of a contorted landscape tree as this “Big Grasshopper.” It had become an evening ritual that they pointed to and recognized together.

Recently, Heather called and inquired about the tree. In-spite of knowing that it would likely be too much of a frivolous expense, she was curious what the tree might cost. This Alaskan Weeping Cedar tree is 20’ tall and would weigh around 1500 pounds, so all of the handling and installation work would need to be managed by Big Trees.

As Heather imagined, the tree was well beyond what could be justified for a purchase of whimsy. But Nancy Penrose, the owner at Big Trees, found this to be too much fun to pass up. After some further discussion, a price that worked for Heather was determined and the tree was dug, loaded, delivered and installed to Cora’s backyard at home, where the little girl could see her ‘big grasshopper’ continue to grow and shift its shape.

“Some opportunities come along, and in spite of the motive being contrary to the bottom line, you gotta see where it might go,” stated Nancy Penrose. “This one led to Cora’s backyard and the fulfillment of an unexpected Christmas wish.”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at or They can be reached at 360-563-2700.