paper, 115 p., ISBN , $21.95
Trees provide a sense of place, and Wisconsin is favored with an abundance of these woody plants in its extensive forests and communities. Arborist R. Bruce Allison has updated his 1982 publication that celebrated the magnificent trees of Wisconsin by collecting more stories of their special trees from knowledgeable sources around the state. Mourning the loss of many trees that have expired due to disease and storm damage during the intervening years, he begins with a report on the status of Wisconsin’s great elms. He then speaks hopefully of their replacements by a hardier, more disease resistant elm cultivar that was developed at the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. The chapters that follow are organized by historical, social, and cultural significance, rather than by order of botanical nomenclature. There are sections on trees connected with Native Americans, notable persons, folklore, and arboretum campuses, as well as rare and unusual trees.
Whether you are a resident or just travel across the state, this book provides a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with the arboreal legacy of Wisconsin.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden