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Trees: A lifetime's journey through forests, woods and gardens [Hardcover]

Hugh Johnson
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Book Description

4 Oct 2010
"Trees" is a fully illustrated guide to more than 600 trees. The text sparkles with fact and folklore, illuminating the subject with authority and enthusiasm. Fully updated, it includes all th e newest tree varieties and cultivars. The book first looks at the structure and life cycle of trees; their role in the ecosystem, planting and pruning; and, the use of trees in garden design. The core of the book is a complete record of coniferous and deciduous trees, grouped by family, in which an authoritative main text is complemented by a comprehensive index of trees, listing and illustrating alphabetically every important family, species and variety by their horticultural name. Finally, a reference section includes a guide to choosing trees for the garden and an A-Z listing of the most important and popular species and varieties of trees.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845330552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845330552
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hugh Johnson began acquiring his wine knowledge as a member of the Wine and Food Society at Cambridge University. When he came down from King's College in 1961 he became feature writer for Vogue and House & Garden, writing, among other things, wine columns for both magazines. In 1963 he became general secretary of the Wine and Food Society and succeeded the legendary gastronome André Simon as editor of Wine and Food. At the same time he became wine correspondent of The Sunday Times and started work on his first book Wine (1966), through which he established himself at the age of 27 as one of the subject's foremost writers. His rare talent for making the most complex subjects readable has led to a remarkable sequence of books.

After a year as travel editor of The Sunday Times he became editor of Queen, and in 1969 James Mitchell of the newly founded publishing house Mitchell Beazley asked him to write The World Atlas of Wine. First published in 1971, this book has been translated into 14 languages and sold over four million copies. The sixth edition, fully updated and co-written with Jancis Robinson, was published in October 2007, and a concise edition is to be published this September.

Hugh Johnson's vast knowledge of wine is condensed into his Pocket Wine Book, an annually updated guide to everything worth drinking, which, year by year, is the world's best-selling wine book. This year the 33rd edition of the book is published. In 2005 he penned his memoirs, entitled Wine - A Life Uncorked, which became another best-seller.

In 2007 Hugh Johnson received an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. His OBE was awarded for services to winemaking and horticulture. In April 2004 Hugh was honoured with the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, one of the highest tributes bestowed by the French Government. The medal was presented to Hugh for his significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of France and its wines.

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About the Author

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine, but he is also arguably the world's leading popular writer on trees and gardening, and in 2007, he was awarded the OBE for services to winemaking and horticulture. Sales of Hugh's books now exceed 14 million. Perhaps known best to millions through his internationally bestselling wine books, Trees shows a different facet of Hugh's expertise. He has published several books on gardening - notably The Gardener's Companion. By 1979, with the challenge of restoring the fine but neglected gardens he acquired on his move to Saling Hall in Essex, he wrote The Principles of Gardening, (translated into six languages; sales 250,000 copies). The garden and arboretum at Saling Hall have since gained an international reputation and The Principles was rewritten and reissued in 1996 as Hugh Johnson's Gardening Companion (In the USA the original title is unchanged).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bibliophile looks at 'Trees" by Hugh johnson 16 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I saw "Trees" first advertised in "Broadleaf" the journal of The Woodland Trust. My extensive library has a section for books about the natural world and given the Trust's review and recommendation i made my purchase. "Trees" is well produced volume and excellent value for money - even without discounting!
In two parts, the book deals firstly with the grammar and historical background to the subject and follows on to consider many families and species of trees. The chapters are brief but contain about the right amount of information and with the spectacular illustrations and photographs the subject is made very much alive.
I am delighted with my purchase and would recommend the book as an addition to any library.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - an encyclopedia of trees! 19 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
I never read the original International book of Trees by Hugh Johnson but this does feel like an up to date and well revised volume. I own a few books about trees and this ranks very higly in my view.

Please note - this is the same book as World of Trees recently published in America by Hugh Johnson. I bought a copy of each and then found they were one and the same - apart from the publisher and the dust jacket!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC 5 Oct 2011
By Jeff Walmsley TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When this book was first published in 1973, I couldn't afford it; I could have done with it then, but now my garden already has far too many trees, and any that I plant nowadays would in any case be for the enjoyment of my successors. Nevertheless, I am pleased to be able to buy this updated and beautifully presented edition, for it is a splendid thing to have in its own right. The author, Hugh Johnson, will be better known worldwide for his writings on wine, but arboriculture is his true vocation, and the simple fact that he holds a gold medal from the Royal horticultural Society and is a vice president of the International Dendrological society will attest to his standing in this field.

As if he didn't have enough talents, he writes in an enjoyably relaxed, easy to read style with the occasional deft turn of wit, and even if you never have to plant a tree, the book is a joy to read, or simply to browse; but you will need strong arms and wrists in order to do so in bed.

If you do need to plant a tree, on the other hand, it's even more of a bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book with great page qualityand beautiful pictures, I am very pleased with it and would recommend it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book With Loads Of Information In It 16 Nov 2010
By zx50
Format:Hardcover
This book's got quite a bit of text in it ... as well as the images. The author's made a good effort to maintain a nice balance between the amount of images and text in the book. I really wouldn't be surprised if this book contained every species of tree known. Great book. Contents are as follows ...

The World of Trees

The Conifers

The Broadleaves

These are the main titles, obviously.
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