It’s no coincidence that the live oak symbolizes strength, stability, and steadfastness; for we cannot imagine what growing up in Louisiana would have been like without spending a good deal of time among the limbs of a majestic live oak tree.
The information contained in the Registry of the Live Oak Society is the copyrighted property of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the owners of the Live Oak trees. Anyone else wishing to use the information for any purpose whatsoever must get written permission from the Live Oak Society through its Chairman.
LIVE OAK SOCIETY -- CHAIRMAN
For inquiries, further information or to register a live oak Contact:
Coleen Perilloux Landry
17832 RIVER RD
MONTZ LA 70068-8900
The Live Oak: Grand Old Trees
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of an interview with Live Oak Society chairman Coleen Perilloux Landry (5/08/14)
Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, Founder
The Live Oak Society (LOS) was founded in 1934 by Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana in Lafayette).
The Society promotes the culture, distribution, preservation and appreciation of the live oak tree, scientifically known as Quercus virginiana.
The Live Oak Society began with 43 members chosen by Dr. Stephens and now boasts 8230 members in 14 states and is under the auspices of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc.
The first president was "The Locke Breaux Oak" in Taft, Louisiana, who lost its life in 1968 due to air and ground water pollution.
Its successor and current president is the "Seven Sisters Oak", formerly known as "Doby's Seven Sisters". The owner who first named the tree was Carole Hendry Doby, who was one of seven sisters. "Seven Sisters Oak" is located in the Lewisburg area of Mandeville, Louisiana on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Estimated by foresters to be 1200 years old, this tree has a girth of over 38 feet.
PRESIDENT of the Live Oak Society
Seven Sisters Oak, Lewisburg LA
"Seven Sisters Oak", #200 on the registry, located at 200 Fountain Street, Lewisburg, LA; two blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.
This oak is also the National Champion on the National Register of Big Trees.
Vice Presidents of the Live Oak Society
Seven Sisters Oak, #200 on the registry
he first vice-president is "Middleton Oak" in Charleston, South Carolina, with a girth of 31 feet. The second vice-president is the "St. John Cathedral Oak" in Lafayette, Louisiana, measuring 27 feet.
The "Lagarde Oak" in Luling, Louisiana, is third vice-president and measures 29 feet. "Martha Washington Live Oak" in Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, is fourth vice-president and measures 28 feet in girth. The largest registered stand of 249 live oaks is in City Park in New Orleans.