Visit Famous Trees

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 1:56pm

In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.

Some trees have survived unthinkable destruction to become sacred memorials, symbols of the resiliency of Mother Nature and the human spirit. Consider paying homage to these special trees:
  • A Ginkgo biloba tree in Hiroshima and two 500-year old Camphor Trees in Nagasaki, Japan who survived the atomic bombings.
  • “Survivor”—A Callery pear tree that was pulled from the rubble after the 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center and was nursed back to health. She was replanted and is now thriving at the 9/11 Memorial.
Other famous trees around the world include:
  • Arbol del Tule—a Montezuma cypress in Oaxaca, Mexico, which has the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world.
  • The Major Oak—a large oak tree in Sherwood Forest where Robin Hood is rumored to have taken shelter.
  • Tree of Life—a 400-year-old Mesquite tree in Bahrain that is the only living organism in a vast desert. Many believe it marks the location of the Garden of Eden.

To learn more about Dr. Goodall’s new book, please visit the “Seeds of Hope” page at Have you missed some of our earlier blog posts? Don’t worry, see all of them below!



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