Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History

Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History
Author: 
Diana Wells
Publisher: 
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–1–565–12491–2

Decorated boards, 369 pp., $19.95

British historian Diana Wells writes of human connections to 100 trees, focusing on their influence on culture over time. Organized alphabetically by common names, the text contains short profiles of arboreal plants that include the meaning of their names and their economic uses. Although most plant characteristics are commonly known, the author has intriguing historical information that adds special interest to various biographical notes. Many readers will find the miscellaneous facts fascinating, such as the Neem tree that is known as the village pharmacy for it “cures or alleviates so many ailments.”

—Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
12
Number: 
5