Anyone who followed the Beatles or George Harrison‘s career would know that he’d appreciate this little slice of irony:
A tree planted in his honor in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2004 has been devastated by insects, according to the Los Angeles Times. Because Harrison, who died in 2001, was an avid gardener, the sapling was a fitting tribute to the legendary musician.
City councilman Tom LaBonge told the Times that the pine tree fell victim to beetles of various types — trees in the park have been ravaged by bark beetles and ladybug beetles — and that it will be replanted.
So, the tree that was planted in honor of a Beatle was killed by beetles. Harrison may have been the “quiet one” among his band buddies John, Paul and Ringo, but we also know that he had a sense of humor. And the horticulturalist in him would likely have fought beetle infestations at his own mansion in England, where he created an amazing garden from an overgrown mess.
If someone can send this story to Alanis Morrissette, we’d appreciate it. After 20 years, she should learn the definition of “irony.”