The Ginkgo Grove
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Blandy's grove of more than 300 ginkgo trees is the largest grove of ginkgos planted for research outside their native China. You can explore a gallery of photos on our Flickr page or watch a short video about the grove here.

This grove is the happy result of a scientific experiment. Dr. Orland E. White, Blandy Experimental Farm’s first Director, began collecting ginkgo seeds in 1929 from a single “mother tree” on the University of Virginia Grounds in Charlottesville. After these seeds germinated, Dr. White’s students planted over 600 ginkgo saplings to determine the sex ratio of this tree. Most plants are both male and female, but like holly, persimmon, and other species, ginkgo is dioecious, meaning a tree is usually male or female, but not both. Dr. White hypothesized the sex ratio would be 1:1. Dr. White did not live long enough to see these trees mature, but of the 301 trees that survived long enough to be assessed, 157 were female and 144 were male. Statistically speaking, this does not deviate significantly from 1:1. 
Ginkgo biloba is often described as a “living fossil.”  It is one of the most primitive seed plants found today, and it’s the only surviving representative of its plant family (Ginkgoaceae) and order (Ginkgoales). Learn more about the Blandy Ginkgo Grove and this fascinating tree here.