The Catalpa Tree

This 400-year-old tree is the only known survivor of those planted by Francis Bacon. It was brought from the Bermudas by his friend, Sir Walter Raleigh. Near the tree during Bacon's time was his mound of Parnassus where he often wrote now known as the Walks at Grays Inn Law School

Bacon in the Sylva Sylvarum tells us that "Shade to some plants conduceth to make them large and prosperous more than sun and that, accordingly, if you sow borage among strawberries you shall find the strawberries under those leaves far more large than their fellows."

"The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbour'd by fruit of baser quality
And so the Prince...." --Henry V, Act 1