International Dendrology Society trip – days twelve and thirteen

Posted: July 25, 2011 at 21:39 pm Author: Raef Johnson

Georgia, day 12

A typical scene of home neighboured by Walnut, providing shade, food and insect repellentA morning walk up to Bagrati Cathedral provided great views over the former Georgian capital of Kutaisi. It was the happy accident of finding St George's church however that was most memorable. Not only was the church itself interesting, but behind it we happened across an old Zelkova carpinifolia of with a girth of over 5 metres. Although half filled with cement it had a healthy crown and was estimated to be over 500 years old.

Immediately next to this was a Tilia begonifolia of a similar age but with an impressive spreading crown similar to that of an open grown oak.

Georgia, day 13

This was an incredibly long day of travelling from west to east, from two previous Georgian capitals, Kutaisi and Mtskheta then on to the current capital Tbilisi. It was an almost completely tree-less day apart from those viewed at speed from the vehicles window. So I'll post some extra photos taken from our 2300 km journey...

An alpine meadow in the Bakuriani region Flowering trees are used across the country to support bee-keeping