Gardens & Arboreta

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Otway Ridge Arboretum, Australia

IDS Yearbook 2020

Alistair and Julie Watt
Otway Ridge Arboretum is located approximately 150 km to the south-west of Melbourne, Victoria, in the coastal hills of the Otway Ranges. We are at almost 500 m above sea level; however, the temperature range is ameliorated by the closeness of the arboretum to the ocean, and frosts... View PDF

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Ridleys Cheer, Wiltshire, England

IDS Yearbook 2020

Antony Young
The spring of 2020, following on the heels of a very wet and mild winter, was quite remarkable. On the one hand the dark shadow of COVID-19 hung over us all, whilst in the plant world almost everything flowered as never before, starting in January with Parrotia persica, whose tiny crimson flowers were... View PDF

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Castlewelland Arboretum, Ireland

IDS Yearbook 2019

Seamus O’Brien
Castlewellan lies about 48 km south of Belfast in south County Down. The Castle and its famous arboretum enjoy an unrivalled setting on richly wooded slopes, sweeping parkland and a mile-long lake, with the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains and a distant glimpse of the Irish Sea. By Irish standards... View PDF

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Grigadale Arboretum, Argentina

IDS Yearbook 2019

Roderick Cameron
Grigadale Arboretum owes its existence to its founders, Bridget and Duncan Cameron — and to Napoleon. As a former Spanish colony, Argentina’s inher­itance law follows the Napoleonic code rather than primogeniture. The couple lived for the first 30 years of their married life on the... View PDF

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Hawaii’s Foster Botanical Garden

IDS Yearbook 2017

John Feltwell
Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu is an important tropical arboretum in Hawaii. The gardens present an eclectic collection of worldwide tropical trees in a magnificent setting, all brought about through the enthusiasm of its two German founder physicians: Dr Wilhelm Hillebrand (1821–1886) and... View PDF

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Hackfalls Arboretum

IDS Yearbook 2016

Alan Jellyman
Bob’s lifetime has been dedicated to his family property Hackfalls Station at the settlement of Tiniroto where over the past 65 years he has established Hackfalls Arboretum. The arboretum is situated at an elevation of 270 m above sea level and receives 1,600 mm rainfall annually. The soils are derived from... View PDF

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The garden at the Villa Noailles

IDS Yearbook 2016

Paul Miles
In an age of small and often graceless gardens it is heartening to find a growing awareness of the importance of earlier examples and different styles, so many of which have had a strong influence on the work of later garden makers. It is noticeable too that many of the finest gardens in the world have... View PDF

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The Danish National Arboretum at Hørsholm

IDS Yearbook 2015

Peter Hoffmann
The Forestry Botanical Garden was established in 1838 in Charlottenlund about 8 km from the centre of Copenhagen; it was incorporated into the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural High School in 1863. At the time of establishment, the surrounding area was very much countryside, but over the following... View PDF

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Little Friars Arboretum

IDS Yearbook 2015

Merelene Davis
When I wrote “The Renovation of an Arboretum” for the IDS Yearbook 1987 I hardly thought one day I would be writing about starting one of my own and accidentally too! Priestfield had been brought to my attention when in 1980 the late great dendrologist Alan Mitchell, knowing that I was... View PDF

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Pinetum Blijdenstein, Netherlands

IDS Yearbook 2015

Marja Mulder Ten Kate
Pinetum Blijdenstein occupies less than two hectares and although this is not a large area, it is ranked amongst some of the richest collections in the world. Its aim is to present half of the species in each conifer family. In order to accommodate these, trees of the original collection, mostly cultivars, are... View PDF

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Karaca Arboretum, Turkey

IDS Yearbook 2014

David Tonge
A garden begins to show itself in five to ten years. But an arboretum needs a generation or two. So when in 1984 at the age of 62, Hayrettin Karaca decided to create an arboretum – and to build it mainly from seed on land analyzed as unsuitable – he was rolling the dice. But not for the... View PDF

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Larnach Castle, New Zealand

IDS Yearbook 2013

Karola Brackenbury
After the IDS AGM meeting in Christchurch in 2013 my husband Ian and I made a long desired trip to Dunedin. Margaret Barker has been our Vice President for five years and over that time I have grown to have an ever increasing respect for her many achievements, which are accompanied by truly remarkable... View PDF

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Finca Cañaote, Venezuela

IDS Yearbook 2012

David Clulow
I purchased Finca Cañaote in central Venezuela in September 1995. Although technically in the llanos (the plains) we are very fortunate to be at the base of a locally famous mountain Tiramutu, which gives us a wonderful borrowed landscape and I like to think of us as... View PDF

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Quarryhill Botanical Garden, USA

IDS Yearbook 2012

Tony Kirkham
1987 can be remembered in the Dendrological calendar for a number of events in the tree world, particularly the Great Storm in the South-east of England that destroyed over 15 million trees in one night. This storm was a real wakeup call to anyone with even a slight interest in trees and it started a new... View PDF

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Gwavas Garden, North Island, New Zealand

IDS Yearbook 2010

The property was bought by Major George Gwavas Carlyon of Tregrehan in Par, Cornwall. The 9 hectare or 22 acre garden was originally laid out in the 1880s by A. S. G. Carlyon. The current owner Michael Hudson is his grandson. Michael and his wife Carola have created a woody plant Mecca beneath this canopy of... View PDF

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The Hunnewell Arboretum, Massachusetts, USA

IDS Yearbook 2010

Judith Leet
In 1852, Horatio Hollis Hunnewell completed the building of his imposing white country house in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, as he and his family moved in for long summer stays. Shortly thereafter, Hunnewell installed a nursery on the grounds of his estate and immediately began planting as many... View PDF

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Trelinnoe Park, North Island, New Zealand

IDS Yearbook 2010

Trelinnoe is a 12 hectare or 30 acre garden situated in the hills above Napier on the east coast of the north island. The property was named Trelinnoe after the farm in Cornwall where John’s grandfather lived before emigrating to New Zealand.Blessed with a superb climate John and Fiona Wills have... View PDF

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Bialowiecza Forest, Warsaw, Poland

IDS Yearbook 2009

Harriet Tupper
Bialowiecza Forest is the last primeval forest in Europe, the remnant of forest, which used to stretch across much of the continent. Now it sits across the frontier that divides Poland from Belarus, with 62,500 ha lying in Poland and 87,500 in Belarus. The two parts are separated by... View PDF

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New pots for trees

IDS Yearbook 2009

Tony Kirkham and Dan Luscombe
Every now and again a new product comes onto the market or a new technique comes to light that revolutionises the way that we successfully plant and establish new trees. One such product is the Light Pot™ or the “Barcham white bag” as we know it in the horticultural world. One of the... View PDF

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The aftercare of young and mature trees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

IDS Yearbook 2009

Tony Kirkham
In 2005 a tree planting workshop was held at Kew bringing IDS members up to date with the latest techniques and materials that can be used to successfully establish trees in a garden or arboretum. Unfortunately many trees are lost in the subsequent years following planting due to... View PDF

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Von Gimborn Arboretum and the arboreta in Wageningen, the Netherlands

IDS Yearbook 2009

Marja Mulder Ten Kate
In the Netherlands and maybe elsewhere universities and schools say they hardly use their gardens and arboreta anymore for scientific research and education. They therefore consider the gardens as not belonging to their core business and they want to get rid of them as the upkeep is too... View PDF

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Boccanegra, northern Italy

IDS Yearbook 2008

Ursula Piacenza
Over the past five centuries there have been several owners of the site where the present villa and garden of Boccanegra now stand. The records begin in the sixteenth century with the Curti family. (There is a list of properties belonging to Tomaso Curti dated 1618 in which “a piece of land called... View PDF

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Bluebell Arboretum, Bodenham Arboretum, Evenley Wood Garden, The Hollies

IDS Yearbook 2008

John Bulmer
The arboreta described below by John Bulmer are the work of individuals or families with an aesthetic or scientific interest in trees. They are all in the English Midlands and all have similar altitude and climate. They have been created in recent decades by enthusiastic owners, three of whom... View PDF

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Kew, The decompaction programme on trees

IDS Yearbook 2008

Tony Kirkham
On 16 October 1987 the storm that hit the southeast of England did untold damage to trees in many gardens, including Kew where we lost over 700 mature specimens. For many of us it was a catastrophe and we wondered if we would ever get the collections back to normal in our time; however there... View PDF

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Thomas Acton – a centennial celebration at Kilmacurragh, Co Wicklow, Ireland

IDS Yearbook 2008

Seamus O’Brien
On the 25 August 1908, Thomas Acton died in his 82nd year. His will (in the archives at Kilmacurragh) makes interesting reading. He left the Kilmacurragh Estate to his nephew, Captain Charles Annesley Ball-Acton, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Sir Frederick Moore was also remembered and... View PDF

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BGCI – conserving trees

IDS Yearbook 2006

Sara Oldfield
Around the world there are over 2500 botanic gardens and arboreta falling within the definition “An institution holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education”. Collectively they hold an estimated... View PDF

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Burnham Beeches, Slough, UK

IDS Yearbook 2006

Helen Read
Burnham Beeches is an ancient woodland, a nature reserve of international importance and also a public open space receiving around half a million visitors a year. Of primary importance are the ancient pollarded beech and oak trees which provide habitats for rare insects and lower plants as well as... View PDF

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Creating and managing a private arboretum, Herkenrode, Belgium

IDS Yearbook 2006

Philippe de Spoelberch and Dr Koen Camelbeke
Herkenrode has become much morethan an arboretum. Perennials, rose collections, bulbs and garden artefacts have over time moved in and have not only changed the atmosphere but increased the maintenance required. These notes will concentrate on the early years (1980–1995) when... View PDF

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Sward management in an arboretum and the basics of pruning trees and shrubs

IDS Yearbook 2006

Tony Kirkham
A full house of 40 IDS members gathered in the Arboretum mess room at Kew on 7 June 2006 on what was a glorious day to be spent in any garden and the morning began with a walk around the arboretum, looking at the different types of sward found under the established tree collections. We can have... View PDF

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The Howick Arboretum, Northumberland, UK

IDS Yearbook 2006

Tony Kirkham
The Howick Arboretum finally opened to the public for the first time in May 2006. It is situated just outside the town of Alnwick, and must be one of the most challenging private planting projects undertaken in the past two decades by any person. It is the brain-child of... View PDF

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Study Day at Kew

IDS Yearbook 2005

Tony Kirkham
This was the second workshop to be held at Kew, following the success of previous study days at arboreta around the UK. The day centred on tree planting techniques and general topical arboretum practices as we walked around the arboretum viewing some of the woody tree collections. In the morning... View PDF

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A Bit of Vancouver Tree History

IDS Yearbook 2004

Clive L. Justice
In 1923 when Harland Bartholomew appeared before the Point Grey Town Planning Commission, he spoke of a city’s need for passive recreation in the form of “. . . grass, trees, flowers and water (where possible) forming a restfulbackground.” When he prepared the Town Plan for amalgamation of... View PDF

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The Trees of Buckingham Palace Garden

IDS Yearbook 2004

Mark Lane
The garden at Buckingham Palace covers just over 39 acres (16 ha) surrounded by a wall. It is situated at the heart of an exciting metropolis and, with its proximity to the Royal Parks (The Green Park, St James's Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) forms an important part of the... View PDF

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Arboretum Segrezianum, Homage to Alphonse Lavallée, Saint Sulpice de Favières, France

IDS Yearbook 2003

Franklin Picard
Segrez (from the Latin, ‘secretum’ meaning a small, secret wood) is situated some 40 kilometres south of Paris on the edge of a village known for its splendid 13th century gothic church. It is tucked away in a picturesque valley with a view over meadows and low wooded hills. The château was built in... View PDF

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Back to Nature in the Arboretum at Kew

IDS Yearbook 2003

Tony Kirkham
Whilst walking around an arboretum as a visitor it is not unusual to see mulched circles at the base of young or newly planted trees; however to see 30 metre-high mature trees with mulched circles extending out to the edge of the canopy dripline is a little more bizarre. Over the past decades,... View PDF

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The Millenium Seed Bank and Wakehurst Place

IDS Yearbook 2003

Greta Fenston
On May 21, 2003, a large group of IDS members met for a day tour of the Millenium Seed Bank and garden at Wakehurst Place, Sussex. Wakehurst has an ancient history, and records date back to 1205, when William de Wakehurst bought some 40 acres of land from... View PDF

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Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia; The Karaca Arboretum, Turkey; Renewal of Historic Nairobi Arboretum, Kenya

IDS Yearbook 2002

Jadranka Beresford-Peirse; Hayrettin Karaca; Ann Birnie
The garden and arboretum at Trsteno, thought to be the oldest in Europe, wascreated from the late 15th century onwards around a villa built as a summerretreat on steep hillside about 12 miles north west of Dubrovnik by the locally eminent Gucetic or Gozze family. The tiny village of Trsteno, clustered around... View PDF