Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Trees Planted Around Buckingham Palace

Trees Used Around Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is known as one of the most popular attractions in Europe for it's rich history and beautiful architecture. Although the palace is beautiful, its landscaping truly enhances the style and beauty of the home with the garden of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth often holds parties in the garden where many of the trees are planted, which spans over 42 acres with gravel paths, open to the public in August and September of each year. The garden is also eco-friendly with 99 percent of its green waste recycled and has an average of 600,000 visitors annually.

One mulberry tree is on the property and dates back to the time of James I of England when he planted it in hopes of harvesting silkworms. Mulberry trees are known for growing juicy berries in the spring, growing up to 3.5 inches each in size. An addition of several other mulberry trees have been added alongside the original tree, providing plenty of shade as they are also used as a form of privacy with their large and thick leaves.

Also in the gardens are several  types of Japanese trees that are all different in shape and design. The Japanese Black Pine, the Japanese Pagoda Tree, and the Japanese Pagoda Tree have at one time or another been planted in the garden, often larger and more green than Japanese Maple Trees.

Indian chestnut trees are also used, appearing lush and extravagant in the summer when they become in full bloom. Indian chestnut trees are large in size with large glossy leaves, originally brown when they first grow.

Alongside the incredible trees hosted at the palace, there are also 350 different types of wildflowers for a colorful arrangement with an ornamental touch to the space, including Herb Roberts and Creeping Buttercups. The wildflowers are composed mainly of native British wildflowers, alongside the 150 different types of trees on the property. 

A unique tree that can also be found is a rare Plymouth pear tree by a gardener who grew the tree in his personal yard for over 20 years and gave it as a gift to Queen Elizabeth. The type of tree is normally difficult to find, only growing in Plymouth and Cornwall, often a smaller size than typical pear trees.