In the summer of 1956, on a trip through Colorado, Walt stopped off at a tourist trap called Pike's Petrified Forest. He found this petrified stump there, purchased it and had the owner dig it out, pack it up and bring it out to Disneyland. There are a couple of versions of this story, one says Walt had it delivered to their Holmby Hills home only to have Lillian donate it to the park a year later. But a letter from Walt to the owner indicates that he did have it delivered directly to Disneyland. Perhaps it took a year for the actual spot to be prepared, and the tree to be delivered before they could dedicate it.
It is rumored that Walt joked with Lillian when he got back in the car and told her that he had just bought her a petrified tree for their upcoming 31st anniversary. Whether he really did that or not, he certainly did give her credit for donating the tree to Disneyland. I kind of took some liberties with the title, but I can imagine Lillian saying something like this to Walt. I'm sure she had a great sense of humor!
I used Sketch #87 from Sketch Savvy for this layout.
See, even in this picture from the Disney Parks blog they look like they know
it's a big joke between them! That's why I had to put it on my layout!
The papers I used were Close to My Heart - Roxie Paper Pack