paper, 289 pp., $24.95
Two educators, author Leslie Day and illustrator Trudy Smoke, have written this book to teach volunteers in the five boroughs with interest in New York City’s forestry and for the general public. The technical terms are easy to understand: descriptions of the species are simple; colorful illustrations portray these trees; and a glossary provides explanations of plant terms in plain words. The author reported the admirable accomplishments of volunteers in “greening” their communities by tree plantings and maintenance services over the years. The introductory remarks indicate that volunteers across the City’s boroughs will be expected to assist in planting 220,000 street trees by 2017, a remarkable undertaking.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden