Friday, April 28, 2006

A strange ginkgo tree in Geelong Gardens

Listed under National Trust on the register of significanct trees of Victoria is the ginkgo biloba - maidenhair tree, the species 20 millions old from China. This tree with its bulbous nobs and bumps is set in a special Peace Garden. Nearby are several bronze cranes in a pond. They were imported from Japan in the 1880s. The ginko was planted in 1859 in the Geelong Botanical Gardens. When the Dalai Llama came to Geelong, he visited the garden with local people, because of the significance of the ginkgo tree in the life of Buddha.


Blogger Pandabonium said...

One often finds very old ginko trees at Buddhist temples here in Japan.

How interesting that you have one there from the 1880's. Of course, that was during the Meiji restoration, and Japan was making contact with other nations where ever it could.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Cor Kwant said...

My compliments for this interesting item and your beautiful art.
I made a link to your post, thanks!
Can you send me your email?

2:20 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Cor Kwant
I did catch up with your blogsite. Wow - a whole blog on this marvellous, interesting species of tree!

6:38 PM  

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