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Arboretum gets its first cherry tree

By johnboy - 29 July 2008 25

The Chief Minister has proudly announced that he and the Japanese ambassador have planted the first of 320 cherry trees in his shiny arboretum.

    Today, we embark upon the planting of a grove of 320 Yoshino Cherry trees, to mark the 15th anniversary of our sister-city relationship with Nara, the ancient capital of Japan,” Mr Stanhope said. “This is a significant milestone in the development of the Arboretum and symbolises the close relationship Australia shares with Japan

Our very own Sakura festival coming right up.

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Arboretum gets its first cherry tree
mutley...again 5:08 pm 29 Jul 08

And we already have an arboretum down by the lake near the old Museum site if I remember correctly…

peterh 4:56 pm 29 Jul 08

G-Fresh said :

Indeed. An arboretum is a plot of land to grow plants for study or display, while a botanical garden is a garden for the exhibition and scientific study of plants.

eh?

what?

still want to know why it was built on a hill…. cost of pumping water up hill is greater than on the flats.

G-Fresh 4:40 pm 29 Jul 08

Indeed. An arboretum is a plot of land to grow plants for study or display, while a botanical garden is a garden for the exhibition and scientific study of plants.

tylersmayhem 4:16 pm 29 Jul 08

Indeed Thumper – but the difference between the both is vastly different 😉

Thumper 4:07 pm 29 Jul 08

Um, we also have this odd thing called the National Botanic gardens.

just thought I’d mention this 😉

tylersmayhem 4:04 pm 29 Jul 08

One hopes these trees will be grafted onto more tolerant root stock enabling them handle the ravages of a canberra climate

Many regions of Japan actually have almost identical climates to Canberra, so the Cherry trees will be fine.

I’m amazed that this is the first I’ve heard about the arboretum on RA, and it was only last week that I had heard anything at all about it. Has there been previous posts on here about it?

Personally, I think it’s a brilliant idea. Certainly a nicer idea than a hill full of pine trees. Canberra has so much to benefit from the arboretum over time. From my understanding there will be beautiful parks, restaurants, cafe’s etc etc. If there is anywhere in Australia that needs something like this, it’s Canberra. We need to have more to draw people to the nations capital. The War Memorial, National Museum, APH and National Library are all great – but in the long-term an arboretum could be a big draw for Canberra all year round that the short time that Floriade is on. It could be an iconic feature of Australia.

Get behind it Canberra and support the arboretum instead of just knocking it and coming up with lame racial jokes about Japan. The Japanese cherry trees are just a small part of such a big plan. Try not to be so short sighted and narrow-minded.

Mr Evil 3:46 pm 29 Jul 08

S4anta said :

One hopes these trees will be grafted onto more tolerant root stock enabling them handle the ravages of a canberra climate. But then again that requires the government to listen to advise from those who grow them…

No, you’ve got it all wrong – the new pre-election ACT Labor loves public consultation!

S4anta 3:32 pm 29 Jul 08

One hopes these trees will be grafted onto more tolerant root stock enabling them handle the ravages of a canberra climate. But then again that requires the government to listen to advise from those who grow them…

Mr Evil 2:50 pm 29 Jul 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

*sigh* another prunus genus to add to these lists here – prunus x yedoensis is its botanical name.

Thanks Japan. They are also only mildly drought tolerant, in Japan. Most photos of Japans countryside I have seen have been lovely and green, not quite the suitable environment one might think for such a gift.

Dont worry, Mael: no doubt the Japs have included chopped up whale as fertiliser/mulch.

johnboy 2:08 pm 29 Jul 08

Well if you’re going to ask the rest of the world to send us trees you can expect they’ll need more water than the local environment provides.

Skidbladnir 2:08 pm 29 Jul 08

But it’ll only be a small diplomatic incident when we next butt horns over some whales, and coincidentally our environment kills off the 320 gifts…

Not like that whole Manchuria misunderstanding.

Mælinar - *spoiler 1:48 pm 29 Jul 08

*sigh* another prunus genus to add to these lists here – prunus x yedoensis is its botanical name.

Thanks Japan. They are also only mildly drought tolerant, in Japan. Most photos of Japans countryside I have seen have been lovely and green, not quite the suitable environment one might think for such a gift.

Thumper 1:32 pm 29 Jul 08

Up his ar… boretum?

johnboy 1:29 pm 29 Jul 08

Stay classy…

peterh 1:25 pm 29 Jul 08

you know where stanhope can put his cherry tree?

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