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Snow is beautiful, but causes damage!

Volunteers took time today to contemplate the loss of a couple of large branches from the Cedar of Lebanon at the entrance to the Garden, as well as some other damage in the Gardens. Phenology, the scientific study of seasonal changes, in action as it were!

Cedars take time and the right conditions to get established, and this one must have been happy to have grown so well. Records show aristocrats were planting cedars in their gardens and estates from 1740. We know that Edward, Prince of Wales, planted ours around 1885 and since in Lebanon there are species thought to be up to 2000 years old, we are hoping the tree has plenty of years left in it!