Trees in Paradise: A California History

Trees in Paradise: A California History

by Jared Farmer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393078022
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 589,690
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Jared Farmer, a Utah native and former Californian, is the author of Trees in Paradise and On Zion’s Mount, a landscape history awarded the prestigious Parkman Prize for literary excellence. He teaches history at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

Part 1 Redwoods: The Value of Longevity 1

Chapter 1 Twilight of the Giants

Debut of the Big Tree 7

American Remains 23

Land Going to Waste 31

Consuming the Redwoods 44

Chapter 2 The Perpetual Last Stand

Saving the Redwoods 60

Clean Logging 72

Park Politics 80

Old-Growth Crusade 90

Part 2 Eucalypts: The Taxonomy of Belonging 109

Chapter 3 Immigration and Naturalization Acclimatizing with Blue Gum 115

New Varieties, New Authorities 130

Boom and Bust 138

Sense of Place 155

Chapter 4 Natives, Aliens, and (Bio)diversity

Putting Out Fires 168

Tree Hazards 179

California Native Plants 190

Invasion of the Nonnatives 202

Sense of Place, Again 213

Part 3 Citruses: The Industry of Growth 221

Chapter 5 Orange Revolution

Special Fruit 227

The Citrus Belt 239

Problems of Plenty 249

Tree Workers 257

Managerial Control 266

Chapter 6 Cultural Costs

Laboratories in the Grove 278

To Smudge Or Not to Smudge 291

Subdivide and Uproot 307

Bugs in the System 321

Part 4 Palms: The Ecology of Style 333

Chapter 7 Cosmopolitan Fronds

Domestic Exotica 339

Street Trees and City Boosters 346

Flora of the Stars 367

Chapter 8 Aesthetic Infrastructure

Sunbelt Design 384

Wilted Crowns 398

The Plasticity of Trees 408

Beyond L.A. 417

Epilogue 431

Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Species 439

Further Reading 445

Acknowledgments 455

Illustration Credits 459

Notes 465

Index 527

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