My Long Lost Stringybark Friend

At the Ooty Botanical Gardens, I immediately recognized the stringybark gum trees that I knew so well from Tasmania- I spent four years of my life climbing into these superlative trees and studying the treetop biodiversity

The Lepisanthes at Sadhana

At Delhi’s zoo, near the Purana Qila Old Fort, a broad Tree of Heaven offers shade to auto-wallahs and the occasional book-seller.

Auroville Matrimandir Banyan

When Sri Aurobindo and the Mother established Auroville on what was then degraded farmlands, they chose this banyan tree as the focal point from which their reforestation and conscious-living community would spread.

Jardin Botanique Khaya

A giant African mahogany tree stands near other giants in the Jardin Botanique de Pondecherry.

Kamakshi Ekambaram

When the purportedly 3500 year old One (Ek) Mango (Ambaram) at Kanchipuram died, a new one was planted and worship continues where Kamakshi was ceremoniously married to Lord Shiva

Flag of St Thomas

On top of St Thomas Mount, a banyan tree offers shade for pilgrims to the cave hermitage of the first Christian missionary to India.

Theosophical Society Big Banyan

One of the world’s largest banyans can be found in the middle of Chennai on the forested campus of the Theosophical Society, a spiritual movement founded by Madam Blavatsky