A lover of life and the beauty of trees, Ann Mayle combined these passions to create the Tree Hugger®! Our tree markers are an environmentally better way to preserve a memory and to offer sympathy gifts. As a high school student, Ann lost four close friends in a car accident. This incident inspired her to find a way to memorialize their lives in a beautiful, sustainable fashion. Working with arborists and metallurgists, Ann developed the Tree Hugger®. These tree huggers have come to be known as tree markers that “hug” a tree and grows as the tree grows. The first Tree Hugger® was dedicated in 2000. Recognized for it’s unique and friendly design, people have since dedicated trees to loved ones, celebrated weddings, new homes, births, graduations and friendships.