National Arboretum – the must-do for the who’s who
The National Arboretum (Australia’s tree museum) is home to over 50 trees planted by Heads of State, Heads of Government, Governors-General and Royalty, current and former Australian Prime Ministers and Australian Governor-Generals. They can be found by walking along the Central Valley Spine. Is this our Hollywood Walk of Fame?
The first one planted was a Prunus x yedoensis,
by His Excellency Mr Takaaki Kojima, the Ambassador of Japan, on the 27th of July 2007. This collection of trees will continue to grow into a beautiful shady walk representing not only a diversity of trees but a diversity of people from all around the world.
There is also a space for trees to be dedicated to ‘Australian Heroes’; some existing examples include a Brachychiton acerifolius
, Flame Tree, planted for musician Jimmy Barnes and a Araucaria cunninghamii
, Hoop Pine, for basketballer Lauren Jackson. This is my new life goal – except I’ll need a new career that has a suitable tree specie pun.
See the full map here