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Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest
     

Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest

by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
 

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Combining both hands-on practicality and garden philosophy, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a self-described "renegade scientist," appeals to the hearts and minds of gardeners everywhere.

Arboretum America's goal is both lofty and down to earth: the salvation of the planet—-through the planting of trees. There are many books on both of these subjects.

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Combining both hands-on practicality and garden philosophy, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a self-described "renegade scientist," appeals to the hearts and minds of gardeners everywhere.

Arboretum America's goal is both lofty and down to earth: the salvation of the planet—-through the planting of trees. There are many books on both of these subjects. Some warn, some inform, while others meditate on the disappearance of the forests or the meaning of trees. Few books, though, touch on so many aspects of trees, including ways to use them in garden design, as Arboretum America does.

Beresford-Kroeger's remedy is what she calls the Bioplan. The plan consists of how each of twenty different tree groups relates to its natural environment and how these specific trees can be used to promote health or to counteract the effects of pollution and global warming. The plan also reveals the fascinating history of these trees in Native American culture, including their medicinal uses. Finally, the Bioplan offers practical design ideas and tips—-where to plant these trees, what season they look best in, what native plants complement them—-as well as organic care and how to grow them.

Beresford-Kroeger captures the magic spell that trees cast over us. Yet her holistic approach urges us to think big while acting locally, so that we may someday restore the forest primeval.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist, medical and agricultural researcher, lecturer, and self-defined "renegade scientist" in the fields of classical botany, medical biochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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Library Journal
In her short introduction, botanist Beresford-Kroeger writes that the great forests of North America have suffered terribly during the past century and that "to survive as a species ourselves" we must restore their original diversity. As a step in that direction, she describes 20 common trees that serve many functions in a forest ecosystem, e.g., black walnut, catalpa, sassafras, maple, and cedar. For each tree, she first discusses its history, especially its use by the aboriginal peoples of North America, followed by how to propagate the tree and provide the optimal environmental conditions for its growth. The following sections focus on the tree's medicinal uses, its ecological function as food and shelter for wildlife, and the ways in which it can be planted for therapeutic, aesthetic, and commercial value. There is a cornucopia of interesting, factual information here, some of it quite technical. An abundance of color photographs by Christian H. Kroeger enhance the text, which includes a foreword by Edward O. Wilson. Recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly for collections specializing in horticulture, forestry, and natural resources.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068517
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
10/03/2003
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
929,297
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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