Down House Garden Highlights

It was in the gardens at Down House that Darwin developed many of his groundbreaking ideas on evolution and natural selection. They were both an outdoor laboratory for his experiments and a place where he could reflect deeply upon their meaning. Today you can see several of his experiments recreated in the grounds, as well as Darwin's beloved greenhouses. It was here that he made revolutionary discoveries about the reproductive behaviour of plants.

Watch Darwin's mulberry tree coming into leaf

Watch the famous mulberry tree in the gardens at Down House, Darwin's home, come into leaf in the springtime. You can see the tree on the centre right as it gradually turned to green over a period of some six weeks in spring 2018. Look out for some dramatic sunsets and wet weather, too!

This tree has been in place since Darwin owned the house. His children would climb out of their bedroom window and down the trunk to join him at his work in the gardens. Although the heavy tree is now supported by an iron prop, it continues to provide mulberries each summer.

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