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Urban Tree Festival 2019: Discovering King James I’s Mulberry Garden
Sat 18 May @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm BST£4 – £8
Part of the Urban Tree Festival, we are delighted to welcome mulberry tree specialist and urban tree photographer, Dr Peter Coles, who will be leading a walk around the perimeter of what, in the 17th century, was James I’s Mulberry Garden. The King planted 10,000 mulberry trees here in 1609/10 to feed silkworms, as part of his plans to start an English silk industry.
As well as discovering 10 mature mulberry trees, the walk also takes in a beautiful Wren Church (St James’s), St James’s Square, Henry VIII’s Tudor St James’s Palace, part of the National Mulberry Collection in St James’s Park, and both black and white mulberry trees at Hyde Park corner – the northern edge of the King’s mulberry garden. Mature white mulberries (the species preferred to feed silkworms) are rare in England, but we will see two on this walk. Peter will point out the differences between the black and white species and explain how mulberry trees arrived in England 1500 years before James I planted his garden.
It is recommended that you book in advance to ensure your place however, please note tickets will only go on sale after Easter.
- London postcode (first part)
- London Borough
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- Meet outside the gate of St James' Church on Piccadilly
- Project contact name at the venue
- Peter Coles
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- Green Park