Queen Elizabeth Marks 250th Anniversary of Kew Gardens

  May 6, 2009 at 6:53 pm by

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HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on May 5 as a part of the gardens’ 250th annivesary celebrations.

While at Kew, The Queen planted a Gingko tree, something both she and The Duke have done before. The tree that Prince Philip planted in 1959 still stands, but The Queen’s tree was washed away in 1987. The royal couple also viewed exhibits about the gardens and learned about planned future projects, including the establishment of a “seed bank” to help preserve species of trees from all over the world.

Kew Gardens was established in 1759 when Princess Augusta, the mother of King George III, planted a nine-acre garden adjacent to Kew Palace. The garden has evolved over the ensuing two and a half centuries into the current 300-acre garden complex.

For more information on The Queen’s day at Kew, please visit this thread.

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