Remarkable Trees of Virginia

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This stunning collaboration between the noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo and the photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia’s most remarkable trees. Four years later, more than one thousand trees had been officially nominated to the project and many others suggested for possible inclusion. The results, presented in this elegant, four-color volume, are astounding. Hugo and Kirwan, the project coordinators, have selected a sample of ...

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Overview

This stunning collaboration between the noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo and the photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia’s most remarkable trees. Four years later, more than one thousand trees had been officially nominated to the project and many others suggested for possible inclusion. The results, presented in this elegant, four-color volume, are astounding. Hugo and Kirwan, the project coordinators, have selected a sample of trees and "tree places" that illustrate the enormous variety, startling beauty, and fascinating history of Virginia’s trees.

Here you will see, through Llewellyn’s incomparable lens, not only some of Virginia’s largest trees, including a newly discovered national champion overcup oak in Isle of Wight County, but also some of the state’s oldest, including baldcypress trees over 800 years old in Southampton County and red cedars over 450 years old in Giles. You will find unique trees like a willow oak in which a tricycle is embedded, fine specimens like the massive American beech in front of Sleepy Hollow Methodist Church in Falls Church, and outrageously shaped trees, like the water tupelos in the Cypress Bridge area of Southampton County. You will find trees associated with famous people and events as well as trees associated with ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Perhaps best of all, you will learn about communities that have gone to great lengths to protect their trees and about places where the public can visit some of the best trees and "treescapes" in the state.

Remarkable Trees of Virginia is a celebration of trees, but it doesn’t dodge hard issues. In a section on urban forests, the authors describe the major problems facing trees in urban areas and point out strategies urban foresters are using to solve them. They describe the ecological services trees provide and issue a call for action both to protect trees in their existing habitats and to find more places where trees can "grow large and long."

Hugo, Kirwan, and Llewellyn present a treasury of Virginia’s trees that is, indeed, remarkable.

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Editorial Reviews

American Forests
Delivered like a chat over a glass of lemonade, Remarkable Trees of Virginia features fascinating and informative stories about Virginia trees and the people who love them. It includes stunning photography coupled with easily read text divided into categories such as 'champion trees,' 'historic trees,' and, my favorite, 'tree places.' It brims with the 'wow' factor the authors so aptly describe, and it will have you taking a closer look at the trees and tree habitats around you.

— Michelle Robbins, Editor

American Forests - Michelle Robbins
"Delivered like a chat over a glass of lemonade, Remarkable Trees of Virginia features fascinating and informative stories about Virginia trees and the people who love them. It includes stunning photography coupled with easily read text divided into categories such as 'champion trees,' 'historic trees,' and, my favorite, 'tree places.' It brims with the 'wow' factor the authors so aptly describe, and it will have you taking a closer look at the trees and tree habitats around you.
Stanwyn G. Shetler
" Remarkable Trees of Virginia is not only a remarkable but a spectacular book of Virginia's natural and cultural tree heritage. The engaging prose, full of wit and wisdom, weaves intriguing threads of history from well-known and often little- known facts, anecdotes, and legends. If you are a Virginian, this book is a 'must own,' opening a whole new window to the state's human history and natural forest endowment. If you are from elsewhere, this beautifully produced book will enthrall you and set a standard to emulate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974270722
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 221,935
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Ross Hugo is a lecturer and outdoor writer whose articles have appeared in Horticulture, Fine Gardening, American Forests, Virginia Forests, Country Journal, and other publications. She was a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Wildlife. She is the author of a book of collected essays, Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners (Virginia). Jeff Kirwan is Extension Specialist and Professor in the Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech. He serves on the state advisory committees for Project Learning Tree and the Master Naturalist Program. Robert Llewellyn has been photographing Virginia for over thirty years. His previous books include Empires in the Forest: Jamestown and the Beginning of America, created with writer Avery Chenoweth, which won five national awards in nonfiction and photography, and Albemarle: A Story of Landscape and American Identity.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Old Trees 4

Ch. 2 Historic Trees 24

Ch. 3 Champion Trees 46

Ch. 4 Community Trees 68

Ch. 5 Unique Trees 86

Ch. 6 Fine Specimens 104

Ch. 7 Noteworthy Species 122

Ch. 8 Mighty Oaks 144

Ch. 9 Tree Places 168

Afterword 194

Sponsors 196

Acknowledgements 197

Tree Nominators 198

Index 200

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    Highly Reccommeded

    This book is mesmerizing. I first saw it in an old country store and had to have it. At the time I was unable to complete looking at it. After getting this book,I wish I could have seen them all.

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    This photoessay of Virginia trees that tell of fascinating history is meticulously researched, wonderfully photographed and well written with the reader in mind. While not my normal interest, the stories and photographs were captivating.

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