By: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
438 pages, 2 maps, 48 colour photos, 540 b&w line drawings
Washington, D.C., boasts more than three hundred species of trees from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and "City of Trees" has been the authoritative guide for locating, identifying, and learning about them for more than twenty-five years. The third edition is fully revised, updated, and expanded and includes an eloquent new foreword by the "Washington Post's" garden editor, Adrian Higgins.
In the introduction, Choukas-Bradley describes the efforts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other prominent Washingtonians who helped the nation's capital evolve into the "City of Trees," a moniker regaining popularity thanks to present-day efforts encouraging citizen participation in tree planting and maintenance. Part 1 gives the reader a guided tour of the nation's capital, highlighting historic and rare trees of the urban canopy. Part 2 is a comprehensive, simply worded, and fully illustrated botanical guide to the magnificent trees of the nation's capital and surroundings.
The guide also includes botanical keys, an illustrated glossary, exquisite pen-and-ink drawings by Polly Alexander, and colour close-up photographs of flowering trees, many by the nationally acclaimed photographer Susan A. Roth. What to look for in the new edition are: added locations: the FDR Memorial; the Smithsonian Institution gardens; the Tudor Place grounds; the Bishop's Garden of the Washington National Cathedral; Audubon Naturalist Society sanctuaries; and much more. It presents the "City of Trees" history from 1987 to 2007, including the establishment of Casey Trees and the importance of the urban canopy in the twenty-first century. It features twice as many pages of colour photographs, new species descriptions and illustrations, and added habitat information.
Definitive.... [The] book is not only full of trees, buds, catkins, berries... it is also full of history. - Christian Science Monitor
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