In 1849 a young Cornishman William Lobb arrived in San Francisco. Not to take part in the famous Gold Rush but to hunt for green gold for his employer, the enterprising Exeter nurseryman, James Veitch.
What Lobb bought back created a wave of excitement and made Veitch a fortune. It also had a great impact on the landscape of many great British parks and gardens, and, with luck, will continue to do so for a very long time. Lobb returned with seeds of the biggest tree in the world: the Wellingtonia, or as it should now more properly be called, Sequoiadendron giganteum.
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