The Kaki Tree

The Chinese Persimmon (Diospyros kaki), grown today for Sharon fruit, has been cultivated in China for over 2000 years. However it is now acclaimed worldwide as the tree which survived the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki on 9th August 1945. … Continue reading

Betty the Ash Tree

A 200 year old Ash Tree, named Betty, in Ashwellthorpe Wood, Norfolk, has become important in the fight against Chalara fraxinea, the Ash Dieback fungal disease. Already there have been over 1,000 reported cases of the disease and Great Britain … Continue reading

York Museum Gardens

The Museum Gardens were established as a botanic garden by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society within the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey, founded by the Benedictines, which since the Dissolution has become a picturesque set of ruins. The abiding botanic element … Continue reading

Survivor Tree

A Callery pear tree was planted by the World Trade Centre in the 1970’s. On 11th of September 2001, as the Twin Towers collapsed, it was smashed, burned and covered in debris. The remains, with broken and torn branches and … Continue reading

Gainsborough’s House

The birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury, Suffolk, is a particularly beautiful house, dating from 1520. Gainsborough was born in 1727, the youngest of nine children, and went on to become one of the greatest landscape painters, the inspiration for … Continue reading

Live Oaks of Georgia

The Live Oak, specifically the southern variety (Quercus virginiana), is the iconic tree of the old American South. When mature, these trees can be of immense proportions, typically over 60ft tall and 80ft wide. The great branches are commonly draped … Continue reading

Sidmouth Arboretum

Ewan visited Sidmouth Arboretum in May and attended Tree Day where he discussed and demonstrated tree drawing between lectures. During the visit, Ewan was invited to be Artist to the Sidmouth Arboretum and to provide a series of drawings of … Continue reading