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Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot by Peter Crane


Nichols Theatre, Student Center - 7 p.m.

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. It is one of the world’s most popular street trees and herbal medicines. The lecture will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

Peter Crane is president of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Virginia, an estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon that includes an exquisite garden as well as an exceptional library focused on the history of plant science, plant exploration, and the development of gardens and landscape design.

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