|August 8, 2013|
The 2013 Presentation in the Ina and Lewis Heafitz Endowed Lecture Series
Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, 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. Today ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity.
This lecture, the third in the series of Ina and Lewis Heafitz annual lectures at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will tell the rich and engaging story of a tree that people saved from extinction – a story that offers hope for botanical biographies still being written.
Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights 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. Those attending this lecture on Thursday, August 8, at 2 p.m. will be drawn to the nearest ginkgo, where they can experience firsthand the timeless beauty of the oldest tree on Earth.
Peter’s presentation will be followed by a reception and the opportunity to purchase his book, Gingko: The Tree that Time Forgot, which he will be glad to sign for you.
Sir Peter Crane is Carl W. Knobloch, Jr., Dean and professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and former director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K. He divides his time between Oak Park, Ill., and New Haven, Conn.
Where: Bosarge Family Education Center
Price: Free for members, $20 nonmembers (preregistration requested)