A Passion for Trees: The Legacy of John Evelyn

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Eden Project Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 282 pages
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There can be no better place to begin a celebration of trees than with John Evelyn. This 17th-century luminary was not only a gardener, royal advisor, and precursor of the modern environmental movement, but he was also the author of exceptional works of horticulture. The greatest of these is Sylva: A Discourse of Forest Trees, published in 1664; it is among the first books in English to show an appreciation of the aesthetic value of trees and the benefits of planting them to shape the landscape. Maggie Campbell-Culver's book might be described as a stroll through the woods in the company of the great man, as between them they give us illuminating portraits of 30 well-loved trees.

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About the author (2006)

Maggie Campbell-Culver is an editor of the new edition of The Oxford Companion to Gardens, and writes regularly for the Eden Friends Magazine, Historic Garden Review, the Saturday Telegraph, and NCCPG Journal. She now lives in Brittany with her husband Michael.

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