October 17, 2011
Talking trees at The Hillier Wholesale Tree Nursery on maybe the last really sunny day of autumn. Lines of Quercus palustris waiting to go to a new home. Hossein Arshadi, director of the nursery, explains growth, management and all arboricultural issues to the students from the University of Greenwich. The nursery covers many acres and holds many species in many sizes from whips to super semi-mature trees over 7m in height.
Suddenly we came across these ‘celebrity’ items – reminded me of a chess board . . .
. . then lines of Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’ – extremely elegant.
Then groves of betula. These are grafted multistems. They reminded me of photos of Fletcher Steele’s planting at Naumkaug in Massachusetts.
And lines of Acer griseum. Each tree branches out individually . . .
. . later we went on to view The Winter Garden at The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and saw the acers well positioned to receive as much back lighting as possible – excellent.
And taxodiums and metasequoias and cedar casting reflections on the water at the end of the day. Spectacular.
I Go Inside the Tree – written and read by Jo Shapcott: