I've just got back from visiting my two trees for the show. The search for these two has taken about 10 months, two trips abroad and many miles. I wanted the trees to regionally validate my garden, but link harmoniously to the theme. The fruits of my search are:
Quercus cerris - The Turkey Oak, well, you can't get more regionally accurate than that - the garden is Turkish themed i.e. the farm in which Candide finally finds fulfilment was in Turkey - or Constantinople. The tree is majestic and I was able to find one of a stature that can compete with the massive London Planes that backdrop Main Avenue.
Secondly, Parrotia persica which is not a million miles from the garden's theme of Candide. But more importantly, check out the limbs on this beauty; its limbs snake and intertwine in an almost orgiastic manner - which is just what I want as it links with my leggy sculptures perfectly. Even the bark is sensuously smooth, I defy anyone not to want feel it, but keep your hand of my sculpture, else I'll throw a bucket of cold water on you.