Gingko: the Tree That Time Forgot
The Ginkgo is perhaps the world's most distinctive tree. It is a botanical oddity that has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. It is the most widely recognized of all botanical "living fossils." Dr. Crane's lecture will explore the evolutionary and cultural history of the species from its origin through its ultimate resurgence. The lecture will highlight 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.
Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. His work concentrates on the diversity of plant life. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate of science from Cambridge University.
9:30 AM — Refreshments and Natural History Used Book Sale (book donations welcome)
10 AM — Business Meeting
11 AM — Lecture
12 PM — Potluck Lunch; Bring your favorite dish to share.
Directions: The Connecticut Forest and Park Association building is on the north side of Route 66, 2.8 miles west of the Route 9 intersection in Middletown and 4 miles east of the I-91 intersection in Meriden. Detailed directions.
Bark of Populus deltoides (cottonwood). Photographed by Janet Novak at Bull's Bridge, Connecticut, May 2003.