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August 30, 2006

Ginkgo leaf in Art and Craft period US

What a super sight! I'm interested in learning why the ginkgo leaf was used
in art forms so extensively during the Arts and Crafts period in the US. I'm
researching this for our Historical Museum in Arlington Heights, IL. Aprons and
cards with beautiful stenciled leaves on them are sold in the Heritage Gallery
at the museum. Many thanks for any light you shed.
Topic by Betsy Ward

August 20, 2006

New York Mystery: Incredible Shrinking Trees

Four Ginkgo trees in Chelsea, New York City, were chopped down because they blocked ads. Less than a week after the billboard went up, the tops of all four trees were mysteriously lopped off. Although there is no dispute about what happened, exactly who was responsible remained a mystery.
Regardless of who did what, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the he building’s condominium association on whose building the ads were plastered was ultimately responsible for what happened. The department issued a summons requiring building representatives to either present their case at a hearing or face a $4,000 fine — $1,000 for each tree.
Read full article in The New York Times.

August 19, 2006

Ginkgo symbol of Osaka University

The Ginkgo leaf is the symbol of Osaka University in Japan.
To download a larger image or to draw this symbol yourself click here .

August 16, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: old Ginkgo in Schoppenwihr, France.

August 14, 2006

Ginkgo plantation: help wanted

I am interested in the possibiltiy of growing ginkgo for medicinal purposes in South Devon , UK. I am considering a small plantation, possibly 20 - 30 acres.
This is the very first stage of my research, and any information people think may be relevant would be gratefully recieved. In particular I would like information on climate and growing conditions, working practices, possible markets for produce, potential yield and income. Many thanks.
Question by Tim Hayford.

August 13, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New recognition: Boston Public Library, Boston MA, USA.

August 12, 2006

Herb Day 2006

The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) will celebrate the first annual HerbDay this October — and all are invited! HerbDay is a new national event that is a series of public educational activities celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism that will occur during the week of October 8 and culminate in a national celebration on October 14. Activities will occur at botanical gardens, parks, and retail establishments throughout North America. HerbDay activities at each hosting venue may range from lectures and workshops by herbalists; herb walks; cooking demonstrations featuring herbs and spices; seasonal herbal handcrafts; herbal beauty product demonstrations; demonstrations by herb company representatives; and children's activities with herbal themes.
Read more here.

August 11, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: Ginkgos around the world carry the same alga in their cells.
* Added on English version photo of fossil Eocene, Swauk formation, Washington State, USA. (Spanish version.)

August 09, 2006

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added Korean names for Ginkgo.

August 07, 2006

600-years-old Ginkgo in South Korea

This Ginkgo is located in Nongso-2ri Okseong-myeon Gumi and is 15m in circumference and 50m tall. Seven adults holding hands can barely reach their outstretched arms around this tree. It was designated as a natural monument on May 28, 1970. The villagers regard it as a holy tree. This tree was planted by Mr. Eom about 600 years ago.
Read more here . Click on picture for a larger image.

August 05, 2006

Ginkgo - simplicity

Josephine writes in her blogspot:
"Ginkgo, a relic of rare kind, on my path, all along. Leaves dancing softly in the coastal breeze, on occasion, falling to the grey sidewalk below.......It often strikes me in the warm glow of a post-run -- or sometimes when I am cutting up cucumbers and tomatoes for a dinner salad, or sometimes when I wake up in the dark of the night and hear only the soft movement of air from the ceiling fan -- the deeply meaningful nature of simplicity."

August 03, 2006

Ginkgo in Australia

Photos, drawings, paintings from Peceli and Wendy of an old Ginkgo in Geelong gardens, Australia.
Read and see more here.