We have over 20 different varieties of Palms. Our tour starts with Butia from Brazil, Trachycarpus from the Himalayas, Washingtonia from the American southwest (guess who!), and Chamaerops humilis the only palm native to Europe. The young leaves of the Livistona australis (Cabbage Palm) are eaten by Aborigines. Our edible palm is the Date Palm, perhaps the oldest known fruit, and we have a fine specimen over 100 years old, nicknamed Palm Olive, after one of our stoic campaigners Olive Fox in the 1980s. We have a Panama Hat plant, often mistaken for a palm, and used to make hats (in Ecuador, not Panama!).