Monkey Puzzles of Lauriston Castle

One of five Monkey Puzzles (Araucaria araucana) next to the Rose Garden in the grounds of Lauriston Castle. They are all mature specimens of good size. The Monkey Puzzles are natives of Chile and were first introduced to the UK in 1795 by Archibald Menzies and were a popular choice of Victorian gardeners. The first large-scale plantings of Monkey Puzzles took place in 1843, so the trees at Lauriston could be amongst the first in Great Britain.

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