A Notebook of Trees: A Guide to Identifying and Gathering 35 Leaves

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Stewart, Tabori and Chang, Mar 1, 2004 - Gardening - 177 pages
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Mountain Ash, Scarlet Oak, Box Elder: Each type of tree is its own work of art, distinguished in part by its leaves, which exist in an incredible array of shapes, colors, and sizes. This handsome album offers readers the pleasure of pressing the specimens they discover on their nature walks and notating the specifics of their encounters, while also providing a wealth of information about the world of trees. The essential collector's guide, A Notebook of Trees offers a lively telling of the botanical biography and surrounding legends and lore of thirty-five common and exotic species, all lushly illustrated in watercolor. To aid readers in identifying their samples, precisely detailed botanical drawings of leaves, flowers, fruits, and branches accompany the descriptions. Like its companion volume, A Notebook of Flowers, this herbarium includes vellum inserts in which to preserve leaves, and an elastic ribbon closure to secure the burgeoning pages. Budding naturalists can jot down observations in blank entry spaces and cross-reference their findings in indices of common and scientific names.

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About the author (2004)

Director of cultural services at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in France, Yves-Marie Allain is also responsible for the Arboretum National de Chevreloup, which seeks to conserve France's botanical heritage. He is also a member of the National Council for the Protection of Nature, under the aegis of the minister of the environment, and a scientific authority and permanent member of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. He has published a number of books, including Shrubs.

After classical studies at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decorativs of Paris, Gerard Marie opted for the wonderful adventure of illustration in magazines, advertising, and publishing. His collaboration on this book constitutes a superb homage to the tree.

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