Author(s): Noel Kingsbury
Written by Noel Kingsbury--a world-class expert on plants and the environment--The Splendour of the Tree celebrates the wonder, mystery, beauty, and utility of the tree. It pays homage to 100 key species of tree--chosen for their cultural, economic, or historical significance and their importance in the natural world--and includes an indispensable cultivation section that advises on the care and selection of trees for the home garden. The lively, original text analyses the particular characteristics of each tree and the specific role that it plays within the ecosystem and the human environment. Breathtaking, specially commissioned photography by Andrea Jones--one of the world's foremost garden photographers--skillfully captures the nuances of every featured tree. From exquisite close-up detail shots to images of impeccable orchards in bloom, her photographs are both beautiful and informative.
Dr. Noel Kingsbury is recognized internationally as a leading innovator in horticulture and landscape through his many books and journalism. Recent publications include Garden Designers at Home (2011), Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding (2009), Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls (2008), and Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space (2005).
Andrea Jones is one of the world’s foremost garden photographers. Her many varied assignments have taken her all over the world, working for magazines and newspapers including Guardian Weekend, Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, BBC Gardeners’ World, House & Garden, and Country Living. In addition to her work for the press, she has illustrated a number of highly regarded books.