Friday 24 September 2010

A new edition of a classic tree book

Hugh Johnson's Trees has just been published by Mitchell Beazley (£30) (in North America it is entitled The World of Trees, University of California Press). It is the successor to his enduringly popular International Book of Trees (1973), now updated after nearly forty years and illustrated with new images chosen to inspire and inform. I have to declare an interest, as I was consultant editor, but this is a lovely book, packed with both information and reminiscence. The first edition was written when Hugh was just starting to plant his garden at Saling Hall in the heat of his first enthusiasm for trees; the enthusiasm has not waned, but this is a maturer vintage that can be enjoyed now, but will remain drinkable long into the future.

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