Looking for a tree - Finding a Pinetum

David Gedye

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Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Paid: £50
18th March 2018
Victorian | Trees | Pinetum | Gardens

As a child I was told my great-great-grandfather grew the very first Monkey Puzzle tree to be grown in England. He allegedly did so by germinating the seed in a tin he carried round in his waist coat pocket.

This talk covers my adventures looking for that tree, during which I discovered the truth behind the story of my forebear growing the noblest Monkey Puzzle trees, the most noble in Europe and how I came to inherit the only known photograph of an original Archibald Menzies monkey Puzzle tree.

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About David Gedye

My hobby interest is gardening in which I follow in the footsteps of one of my forebears, a Victorian head gardener named Philip Frost. As a child, I was told he grew the first Monkey Puzzle tree to be grown in England. Researching my family story and the history of the Monkey Puzzle's introduction into Europe became a passion which has taken me on an interesting journey, culminating in a book - "Araucaria The Monkey Puzzle" - the first book written solely about the Monkey Puzzle.

My illustrated talks are based on my family story and, while writing my book, everything I learned about the Monkey Puzzle's introduction into the British Isles.

My talks are tailored to your individual requirements and, although I live in the East of England, I am willing to consider giving talks in many other parts of the country. If you are interested in learning more about my talks and whether I can come to your corner of the country, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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