A tree bred by by gardening columnist Abbie Jury's husband, Mark Jury, was today planted by Myanmar oppposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a ceremony with Prince Charles and Camilla in the United Kingdom.
Ms Suu Kyi spent 20 years under house arrest and was awarded Nobel peace prize for her political activism.
She planted a specimen of Magnolia Black Tulip along with the royal couple. The garden variety ornamental magnolia was originally bred by Mark Jury in Taranaki.
Waikato Times gardening columist Abbie Jury said they were chuffed to find out about the magnolia being planted in the tree-planting ceremony.
"That is seriously elevated company."
Ms Suu Kyi's visit is seen as part of the effort by Mynamar government to open up to the international community. She recently went to Thailand to meet with refugees displaced from Mynamar. Her meeting with US secretary of state Hillary Clinton signalled a new opening in the US-Mynamar relations.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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