Dear Chris,
                  I understand entirely about  "Meetings with Remarkable
Trees". I have lusted after that book myself and enjoyed the short filler
series inspired by it on TV. There was one on the ginko at Kew. There is a
cycad (I think) in the Palm House? collected for Joseph Banks from South
Africa over 200 years ago and still going strong.
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From: "chris gralapp" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Hi Geoff and all,
> Ever since I saw the book ' Meetings with Remarkable Trees' by Thomas
> Pakenham, I have been very interested in experiencing some of these
> notable
> trees.  Many were brought to England by explorers expressly for large
> estates in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and have been growing
> ever since into mammoth beings.  Many are incorporated into buildings and
> structures, have Victorian tree houses in them, and are so big they have
> rooms inside the trunks.  They are dotted all over Britain, but Kew has a
> concentration of remarkable trees, and I must make a pilgrimmage to some
> of
> them, rain or shine!
> Thanks for the Kew site!
> Best,
> Chris
> PS< if amyone else has suggestions about London or environs--let  me
> know--we will be staying within walking distance of the British Museum,
> whatever neighborhood that might be.
> Chris Gralapp, MA, CMI
> Medical and Scientific Illustration
> 415 454-6567
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