#BLF2019# GINKGO: THE TREE THAT TIME FORGOT

GINKGO: THE TREE THAT TIME FORGOT
Peter Crane

Friday, March 22, 6:00 PM
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Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, Ginkgo is a botanical oddity and a widely recognized botanical “living fossil.” Wild Ginkgo exists only in China, but today it is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. Ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane has explored the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane examines the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees. The discussion will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

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