Pacific North West

Haven’t had much international interest in monkeys so far. I do suspect that they are perhaps a particularly English attraction – we certainly have a fondness for them which is evident when I talk to people about them!

I regularly ask here for others to share their monkeys and send me photos of ones they find on their travels. And I’ve not been disappointed. We’ve had a lovely monkey from Shropshire – here, we’ve had one in Shifnal – here, Newcastle – here, Leeds – here, York – here, and closer to home in Flaybrick Cemetery – here. Thanks to all you agents out in the field, doing essential work to complete our monkey puzzle catalogue. Agent Jeff, our regular agent has been joined by his daughter, and she sent one from Oxfordshire – here, and located monkeys in deepest Berkshire – here. And I’m delighted to report that I have some potential new agents – working right now – in Kendal and Widnes. We look forward to their findings out in the field. Well done everyone.

Further afield, Agent G in Texas also sent me a monkey from New York state – here – and I was interested to find out that monkeys do grow in quite a lot of the USA. So I was delighted when I recently received a monkey from an old family friend – Agent R – from Kalama in Washington, USA.

Monkey puzzle in Kalama.

Monkey puzzle in Kalama, WA1.

You might well say, ‘Where?’ So here’s a handy map, showing two locations – the other international tree in Victoria, and Kalama at the bottom left:

Pacific NW

Agent R describes Kalama on her blog as ‘the place to stop for a popsicle when enduring the slog between Seattle and Portland’, and goes on to show us round this town enjoying life without the shadow of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant dominating it. And discovers the monkey puzzle tree pictured above. Thank you Agent R.

Agent Jeff, based in Hereford, has also an international monkey to add to our small, but growing, international catalogue, spotted by a friend who lives in Victoria, BC in Canada. So, another first – a Canadian monkey.

Paradise Street, Victoria. BC1.

Paradise Street, Victoria. BC1.

I was surprised to find both these monkeys growing so far north, but parts of the Pacific North West has a climate that is temperate and therefore good for monkeys. Sure enough, I was easily able to locate another monkey – thanks to Flickr – growing in The Butchart Gardens, north of Victoria. You can find a photo of that here. Victoria’s climate is described as ‘the mildest climate in Canada’ – with a sub-meditteranean climate, and it rarely snows there. Hence a flourishing monkey.

The University of Washington, in Seattle, mentions monkey puzzles on campus… they have one and you can see it here. They call it the ‘most memorable of all the campus trees’. They also say it is common in the Northwest (but rare elsewhere in the US) – so hopefully our agents out in the area will find some more for us to feature here.

Good work everyone. Looking forward to building our international catalogue together.

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