Happy Arbor Day! Today, we celebrate the trees that keep us going every day of the year. Learn more about trees with some of our books that are as intriguing as they are informative.
Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa
Leading tree experts wrote and photographed for this authoritative Southern African tree guide. Newly updated and expanded, it covers some 900 species as well as subspecies and variations. This book is designed so that anyone can pick it up, whether you have a new-found interest or you consider yourself an expert. Species are concisely described in easy-to-read language, and each entry features a beautiful full-color photograph. The subjects are arranged in groups based on their most readily observed leaf and stem characteristics, and distribution maps are included to show their geographic range.
The streamlined text also touches on the practical uses of plants; supplementary features include useful notes on tree identification and an extensive illustrated glossary. This is the authoritative, classic guide written by leading experts that includes comprehensive photography for all species, showing both close-up details, full trees, and carefully designed keys to enable accurate identification.
A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees
Old houses may not be haunted, but they retain many palpable vestiges of their pasts. When Margot Anne Kelley and her husband, Rob, moved into an old farmhouse, they inherited that past that was intrinsically tied to the property. While living on their one acre of land located on Maine’s mid-coast, they learned much about the history of their home–not by visiting the local historical society, but by spending time observing the trees, plants, and grasses that had been planted by those who once dwelled there. What they discovered was a landscape history that harkens deep into New England’s past.
In A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees, you too can learn about some of those past owners and their trees. Guided by Kelley’s evocative text and gorgeous photographs, we come to appreciate the same lessons that she did—that plants carry the past into the present, and that we are part of a rich and interconnected world. In sharing her property with us, Kelley gives us a glimpse of her unique part of New England and encourages us, by her own example, to imagine the many gifts we ourselves may inherit with a house and a plot of land.
Intimate and informative, Kelley’s field guide is a joy to read and a gift to all who share her love of nature and of place. Like the plants that define her land in Maine, this book invites readers to recognize that we can be fully grounded in our beloved homes.
Guide to Trees Introduced into South Africa
Southern Africa has at least 2,000 alien tree species being cultivated in the region. Such nonnative trees are predominantly associated with home gardens, parks, and open spaces, forming a familiar part of our urban landscape. This guide features more than 580 of these species, logically arranged into 43 groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem features.
Each species account includes: full-color photographs of the plant’s diagnostic parts; concise text describing key identification features, flowering time, duration, drought hardiness and practical uses of the plants; and maps showing cold tolerance for each plant. This handy guide should prove fascinating to all plant enthusiasts.
Forests of Central Africa
Explore the second largest tropical forest mass in the world, one that rivals the Amazon Rain Forest in size. At three times the size of France, Central African forests cover a large portion of the second largest river in the world, the Congo Basin. Unlike the forests of Western Africa and Asia, these are still well preserved as many massive clumps. This book explains how natural processes continue unperturbed while elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees live in peace. Such forests serve as more than just an interest for biologists: they are crucially vital to countries in this area as well as populations who live off them. Learn about how the very first efforts to safeguard these forests that started nearly one hundred years ago, and the pressure on sustaining their survival that is still strong. This information is especially bolstering since major conservation projects have been under way for at least twenty years and the notion of sustainable exploration is finally starting to raise interest among forestry developers and commissioners.