Looking for a tree - Finding a Pinetum

David Gedye

East of England
Notice Period:
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.

Views: 197 | Enquiries: 1

About David Gedye

I studied Agricultural Botany at university and became a plant pathologist before working in a variety of roles in the agricultural industry, but my hobby interest has been gardening. In that context 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 that story and the history of the Monkey Puzzle became one of my passions which has taken me on an interesting journey.

My illustrated talks are based on my family story and my wider research into the history of the Monkey Puzzle's introduction into the British Isles.

Send a message to the speaker

If you are interested in this talk and wish to contact the speaker, please complete the following form:

Please provide your contact name
Please provide the name of your group
Your phone number so that the speaker can contact you
Your email address so that the speaker can contact you
Give details about the event, time of day and location