Arboretum: The History of Trees Grown in Britain and Ireland


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ISBN 13: 978-1-873580-97-4
Publisher: Whittet Books
Author: Owen Johnson of The Tree Register

Binding: Hard cover with dust jacket
Format: 230mm x 195mm

Extent: 480 pages
Illustrations: 500 colour photographs 

The Tree Register receives a royalty from every copy purchased.

‘For those who appreciate the importance of trees and their role in our lives this wide-ranging account provides a new and refreshing reminder.  For those who don’t, start here, now.’
– Roy Lancaster OBE VMH

In this groundbreaking book, the renowned tree expert Dr Owen Johnson reveals how generations of adventurous gardeners have transformed Britain and Ireland into one gigantic arboretum: a collection of specimen trees gathered from all round the world.

Meticulously researched yet richly descriptive, Arboretum is essential reading for anyone studying garden history, maintaining a historic landscape, or choosing a tree to plant. It is also the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn more about these largest and most conspicuous yet often-overlooked features of our everyday environment.

Successive chapters reveal the use of native trees and their colourful sports in garden design, the story of gardening with exotic trees as it has unfolded over the last five centuries, and the ongoing role of botanic gardens in the conservation of tree species endangered in the wild.

Owen Johnson has spent thirty-five years researching and recording rare and remarkable trees in every corner of Britain. This definitive study is packed as a result with quirky, personal observations and intriguing tales.

Arboretum is both a celebration of Britain and Ireland’s extraordinary tree heritage and a passionate plea for this unique legacy to be appreciated and safeguarded in the way it deserves.

‘I know of no living person who has travelled more miles and examined more tree species in Britain, wild and cultivated, than Owen Johnson’ – Roy Lancaster OBE VMH

Since the age of 13, Dr Owen Johnson has researched and recorded more than 80,000 specimen trees. As Registrar to The Tree Register, he maintains the definitive database of exceptional trees in Britain. His earlier books include The Collins Tree GuideChampion Trees of Britain and Ireland and The Sussex Tree Book. He lives in Hastings, dividing his time between trees, writing and nature conservation.

‘There’s so much information and personal input here that it’s hard to take in all at once. This would make a great bedside book or a winter’s reading project, so that Johnson’s enthusiasm and love for trees of all shapes and szes can be properly appreciated.’ – The Professional Gardener, April 2016

The Tree Register

The Tree Register of the British Isles (TROBI), founded in 1988, is an independent charity that maintains a database of information on 210,000 notable trees growing in Britain and Ireland. Its aim is to include every tree which is exceptional for its size, age, historical associations or rarity.

Royalties from the sales of this book contribute to the The Tree Register’s work.

Additional information

Weight 2.00 kg