Join bestselling author and environmentalist Jonathan Drori on a botanical journey as he tells the stories of 80 magnificent trees from all over the globe. Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India's sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration, not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees, the fashionable streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the awe-inspiring redwood forests of California. You will also find the elm, the beech, the exploding sandbox, the sacred Bo, and the poisonous lacquer.
Each of these strange and true tales feature the humans, flora, and fauna that interact with the trees, including self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts. The stories are beautifully illustrated by Lucille Clerc. The book combines history, science and a wealth of quirky and surprising detail. This book will certainly whet the appetite of any tree lover or nature enthusiast to take an around-the-world trip, or simply visit your local botanic garden. Paperback with 240 pages.