Sunday 4th February 2018 2pm in the Education Centre in the Garden
Talk by Gavin Broomhall: The Garden of Remembrance at RM Condor. How the garden was formed and the ethos of what has been created, plus a history of the original house and garden before the MOD took it over.
Plant of the month January 2018 Fitzroya cupressoides (Patagonian Cypress) Family: Cupressaceae Origin: Chile, Argentina Accession: 2007 Location: Americas
Fitzroya cupressoides is the largest tree species in South America, native to the temperate
rain forests in the Andes of Chile and Argentina, where it grows in
poorly-drained volcanic or sandy soils, up to 40–60m in height and 5m
in diameter. It was named by Darwin after Captain Fitzroy of HMS
Beagle. In 1993 a specimen from Chile was found to be 3622 years old, making it
the second oldest living tree species. Heavy logging in the 19th and
20th centuries for its valuable timber, and clearance by fire for
agriculture, has led to its current endangered (Red List) conservation status.
The papaya is
a small tree, usually with a single stem, growing from
5 to 10m tall with spirally arranged large, palmately-lobed leaves at the top
of the trunk. The lower trunk is conspicuously scarred from former leaves
and fruit. Originally from Central America, it is now cultivated in most
tropical countries, where it grows rapidly, fruiting within three years. All parts
of the plant contain latex, and the enzyme Papain, extracted from green fruit,
is used as a meat tenderizer, chewing gum additive and beer clarifier.