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The Chinese Landscape: Walking Tour of Royal Botanic Gardens
07 Sep 2012
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Please join us for a fascinating walking tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, led by horticultural expert Ray Townsend, Kew's Arboretum and Woody Collections Manager.
Ray will share his three decades of experience while he explains how part of Kew's historic landscape is heavily influenced by China. Some of the most spectacular trees in the gardens originate from the Middle Kingdom - Confucius was said to have given his teaching while sitting under a ginkgo tree (one of the reasons the species is revered in Chinese tradition) and the handkerchief tree, once considered to be the Holy Grail of exotic flora, was discovered by legendary botanist Ernest Wilson who sent the seeds back to England. Learn how to identify the trees and hear the history behind their arrival at Kew.
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