Rendez-vous aux Jardins - 30, 31 May, 1 June 2008 : "Travelling Plants"

Travelling Plants

After the glacial era, the European flora was extremely depleted; many plants had totally disappeared.
Continually, since then, plants returned often from the East by way of the Middle East, the Balkans, and Italy. Many were transported by voyagers, missionaries, explorers and botanists - latterly English and American but before them, French, Russian, or Dutch. In fact the first Europeans had followed the same route.

From the 18th Century, new plants were introduced from the Americas. Today increasing numbers of exotic, tropical, and semi-tropical plants travel around the world, often traded by the Dutch.

However, it is not enough to send plants on travels to ensure that they grow well in new places.
To return to our Ilex (Holly) …

click : travelling plantssummary of Ilexhorticultural uses of Ilexthe Yville trial gardensthe Holly collection at Yville