The Long, Long Life of Trees
A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings
Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols.
In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - meandmybooks - LibraryThing
A catalog of trees, each entry detailing folklore, myth, science, history, and social custom related to each tree. Seventeen trees are covered, beginning with Yew and ending with Apple (they were not ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DavidWineberg - LibraryThing
There are endless odes to trees. We continue to stumble onto their attributes and how they can provide for us in new ways. From David Harris’ horrifying The Last Stand, to Stefano Mancuso’s stunning ... Read full review