Written by Dr Noel Kingsbury - a world-class expert on plants and the environment - this book celebrates the wonder, mystery, beauty, and utility of the tree. It pays homage to 100 key species of tree - chosen for their cultural, economic, or historical signicance and their importance in the natural world - and includes an indispensable cultivation section that advises on the care and selection of trees for the home garden
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House and Garden||
'This may be the most restful book published this year. Simply turning its pages sends you into a meditative trance. Kingsbury provides the words and the academic heft, but it's Jones's photos that will make you purr. She photographs trees as though you have chanced upon them on a particularly fortuitous country walk, in perfect weather, with no one else around and no cowpats to step in. Many of these trees look as though they could tell you a story or two if you stuck around long enough. Their beauty will warm the cockles of the coldest winter heart.'
Daily Mail 'Illustrated Books of the Year'||
'An innovative structure for this visually arresting study.'
'A captivating new book pays homage to the wonder, mystery and splendour of our trees.'
'This illustrated history of the tree pays homage to 100 key species.'
'This splendid book pays homage to arguably, the most significant life form on Earth - the noble tree. The Splendour of the Tree is a feast - both a visual feast due to the breathtaking images captured by photographer, Andrea Jones, and a factual feast as a result of the fascinating histories that renowned plant expert Dr Noel Kingsbury provides on these vital living treasures. A fine literary addition for any natural history fan.'
BBC Country File Magazine||
'Some of the trees profiled in this book are a reminder of the splendour that they attain when given opportunities to achieve their full potential. Noel Kingsbury's text is both entertaining and authoritative. Andrea Jones's exquisite photographs capture the character of most subjects. An interesting and useful book.'
'The historic, economic, ecological and cultural significance - not to mention general majesty - of 100 key species of tree from around the world has been investigated by environmental expert Noel Kingsbury, and brought together in this coffee-table-format reference book, with photograph by Andrea Jones.'
Homes & Gardens||
'With beautiful photography by Andrea Jones, The Splendour of the Tree, by plant expert Noel Kingsbury, analysis the cultural, historic and economic significance of 100 key species of tree and their role in the ecosystem.'