Jour­ney to Japan and Far North Queens­land with Gra­ham Ross

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Since it was dis­cov­ered in 1994, the Wollemi pine, Aus­tralia’s ‘di­nosaur tree’, has made its way around the world, in­clud­ing to the Vi­enna Botanic Gar­dens and Buck­ing­ham Palace in Lon­don. To cel­e­brate host­ing his 40th gar­den tour to Japan, Gra­ham took one of th­ese in­cred­i­ble trees to a tree-plant­ing cer­e­mony in the gar­dens of the 144-year-old Nikko Kanaya Ho­tel, about 160km north of Tokyo. John Siemon from the Aus­tralian Botanic Gar­den Mount An­nan helped source a fine spec­i­men, which is a di­rect ge­netic de­scen­dant of the orig­i­nal for­est dis­cov­ery group. Breed­ing com­pany Ramm Botan­i­cals helped with quar­an­tine checks be­fore the young tree made the jour­ney. See the cer­e­mony on BHG TV, Fri­day 26 May at 7pm on Chan­nel 7. (Pos­si­bly sub­ject to change.)

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