Not since Rachel Carson has the public been graced with a scientist that writes with the interest of a novelist. Anyone with a curiosity about the early history of plant life on our planet will relish this book. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20081001 Organized in topically centered, lively chapters that include a discussion of conifer ecology and conservation. It is well illustrated with color photographs and line drawings of the trees, their structures, and the landscapes they dominate. Not exactly an encyclopedia but rather a sourcebook, this is the place to go for information about conifers. Highly recommended. -- D.H. Pfister Choice 20081101 If you want to find out more about conifers, then [this book] by the naturally acclaimed expert, Aljos Farjon, will sate your curiosity, your thirst for knowledge and your enthusiasm for those exciting plants that make up this group. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20081101
About the Author
Aljos Farjon worked as a Senior Scientific Officer for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1996, where he headed the Temperate Section of its Herbarium before his retirement at 60 in 2006; he is now an Honorary Research Associate with Kew. He has published 10 books and more than 120 papers mainly but not exclusively on conifers. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and has served on its Council, holds longtime membership in the International Association for Plant Taxonomy, and is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Conifer Registration Advisory Committee. He is also Chair since 1995 of the Conifer Specialist Group of IUCN The world Conservation Union. In 1997 he received the prestigious Engler Medal in silver from IAPT and in 2006 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society. He lives in Middlesex, England.