Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than 200 million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. In Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot,  renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence.

Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: 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.

Dr. Crane is Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany at Yale University. He served as director of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew from 1999 to 2006 and is Member Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1998 and was knighted in the U.K. in 2004 for his contributions to horticulture and conservation. His research primarily focuses on the diversity of plant life.

“This intelligent, literate history is so enticing it will leave you greedy for more.”

— The New York Times


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