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Davey Bulletin Mar-Apr 2023

The Davey Tree Expert Company provides residential and commercial tree service and landscape service throughout North America. Read our Flipbooks for helpful tips and information on proper tree and lawn care.

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The Davey Tree Expert Company P.O. Box 5193 Kent, Ohio 44240-5193 FROM THE ARCHIVES – A PASSION FOR LEARNING John Davey, founder of The Davey Tree Expert Company, as a young boy spent his formative years in England working as a farmhand to support his family. It was not until the age of 18 when John first learned the alphabet. Using this basic knowledge, John taught himself to read and write using only two books: The dictionary and a Bible. Education played a critical role in John's development. By day, he spent 10 to 12 hours working at, and learning, the principles of agriculture, horticulture and floriculture. He spent his evenings reading by candlelight long into the night. After traveling to America in the spring of 1873, John landed a job working as a janitor in a private school. The school agreed to provide tuition as part of John's compensation, so he traded his labor in order to attend classes in Greek, Latin, Astronomy and Botany. Naturally, his favorite subjects were the sciences, particularly those which dealt with plants and living things. John believed in educating his clients, and later when he established a small greenhouse business he provided his "Davey's Floral and Landscape Educator" to customers who bought plants from him. "Davey's Educator" offered basic tips for caring for house, garden and landscape plants as well as the unusual varieties he sometimes grew and sold. John also wanted to educate the general public, and in 1901 he published "The Tree Doctor," his book about the science of tree care. And he was passionate about educating his employees, founding The Davey Institute of Tree Service (today known as the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences) in 1909 to teach Davey employees his many patented tree care methods. Scan this QR code to read more about John Davey. John Davey 1846-1923

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