Eucalyptus was first introduced at Kew Gardens using seed collected on Captain Cook’s second voyage of 1773. Only a handful of species are generally available in this country and this is what Tom Hart Dyke hopes to address with his National Plant Collection in The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle. Potentially hardy species are being introduced by obtainining seed from plants surviving in the cold regions of SE Australia and Tasmania.
At Hampton Court this year, Tom has recreated the Australian Outback to show the variety of shape and size of the genus. On Tuesday, when the weather was hot and the didgeridoo was sounding in the background, you could almost imagine you had been transported to the Antipodes.