By Nancy Ross Hugo and Jeff Kirwan. Photography done by Robert Llewellyn.
This stunning collaboration between noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo and photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia’s most remarkable trees. Four years later, more than 1,000 trees had been officially nominated to the project and many others suggested for possible inclusion. The results, presented in this elegant, four-color volume, are astounding. Hugo and Kirwan, the project coordinators, have selected a sample of trees and "tree places" that illustrate the enormous variety, startling beauty, and fascinating history of Virginia’s trees.
Here you will see, through Llewellyn’s incomparable lens, not only some of Virginia’s largest trees, including a newly discovered national champion overcup oak in Isle of Wight County but also some of the state’s oldest, including bald cypress trees more than 800 years old in Southampton County and red cedars more than 450 years old in Giles. You will find unique trees like a willow oak in which a tricycle is embedded, fine specimens like the massive American beech in front of Sleepy Hollow Methodist Church in Falls Church, and outrageously shaped trees, such as the water tupelos in the Cypress Bridge area of Southampton County. You will find trees associated with famous people and events as well as those associated with ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Perhaps best of all, you will learn about communities that have gone to great lengths to protect their trees and about places where the public can visit some of the best trees and "treescapes" in the state.
216 pages, Hardcover, 978-0974270722, University of Virginia Press, 2008.
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