A ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) planted in honor of Walter Bartram, son of Thomas Bartram.
merican Naturalist John Bartram obtained one of first three ginkgos that came to America from China via London in 1785 from William Hamilton who planted the other two at The Woodlands. The Woodlands' gingkos have since been cut down leaving the one male ginkgo in John Bartram's Garden the oldest ginkgo in the United States. Other facts about John Bartram:
John Bartram participated in an international botanical exchange program with European partners which became a business which lasted three generations. He has been credited with creating the first plant catalog.
He devised wooden crates for shipping seeds and plants material which became to be known as Bartram Boxes.