Celebrating the Joy of Trees with Books about Them

Posted on December 17, 2012. Filed under: Book Reviews, Trees |

Since I just taught a workshop on working with tree medicines last week and next week is the climax of the ritual tree sacrifice to some magical red suited man (I always found Santa a little suspicious what with the enslaving elves to work in his factory and whipping reindeer into being his transport, let alone breaking into people’s homes…but I digress) I thought it would be fun to pull together a list of my favorite books celebrating trees.


Yes, yes I appreciate the irony of books being made of trees – shoo, shoo you malcontents!

So here in alphabetical order by author last name, lest I be accused of playing favorites are my top ten favorite tree books:

    • The Life of the Leaf by Steven Vogel: Focuses on the physical sciences aspects of trees. Gives a great contrast to the ones that focus on medicinal or biological/botanical aspects. Can be a little bit of a slog since even toned down for the layman as it is; it is still the physics of trees. But it is still very interesting stuff.
    • Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History by Diana Wells: Fascinating collections of stories, facts and history about different tree species.

Hopefully they might serve to inspire your interest or tweak some holiday giving for the tree loving people in your life!

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Must admit that the only one I’m familiar with is the Thomas Pakenham (great book), but the Diana Wells book sounds interesting too – wonder if it’s too late to add it to the Christmas list…

It’s never to late for a good book gift, IMO. 🙂


Wonderful book list. Hope you are well. Happy Solstice to you and yours!
Bridget x.

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