the irish tree society

eliane zimmermannSir Thomas Pakenham and his fellows from the Irish Tree Society came to see the old arboretum of Ardnagashel. Here they are standing under the Irish Champion Cryptomeria japonica.

eliane zimmermannAubrey Fennel is talking about Champion Trees in Ireland of which Ardnagashel has to offer quite a few.

eliane zimmermann The old and feeble Quercus suber is flowering, hopefully not for the last time.

eliane zimmermannThe former owner of Ardnagashel is the great-grand-nephew of Ireland’s first woman botanist Ellen Hutchins. Richard Newburgh Hutchins was looking forward to recieve the group but he is recovering from a stroke which hit him while in a train to Dublin to attend a seminar about how to maintain an arboretum. Thanks to instant help the 91-year-old man is recovering well. As a token of appreciation Sir Thomas Pakenham handed a Metasequoia to Richard’s niece Arethusa Greacen (daughter of Robert Greacen (1920-2008) and Richard’s sister Patricia).

Thomas Pakenham is the author of some awesome books. My favourite is Meetings with Remarkable Trees.


cephalotaxus harringtonia

eliane zimmermannTwo remarkable specimens of Cephalotaxus harringtonia (Japanese plum yew) are growing along the Middle West Walk. An Australian company (ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals) is developing a leukemia therapy (Omacetaxine) derived from the leaves of this yew species.