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Understanding our Native Tree Species German author Peter Wohlleben’s recent book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate has sold more than 800,000 copies in Germany and is now on the best-seller list in the United States and elsewhere. Wohlleben’s book is popularizing revolutionary new scientific research demonstrating conclusively that trees communicate with each other. Through what some scientists are calling the ‘wood wide web,’ intricate underground fungal… Read More

Have you seen the permanent exhibit at Smith College Botanical Garden’s Lyman Plant House that features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world? “Woods of the World,” also know as WoW) is an intimate hallway exhibit where families can learn about the uses for and origins of many types of wood, revealing wood grains in all shapes and patterns…

WEB REVIEW:  Arboretum Plant Photo Gallery: Fall Foliage This fall foliage collection includes photographs, an explanation of the science of autumn leaf color, and a list of selected plants that provide colorful autumn leaves. The list notes the specific colors provided by the plants (such as orange or dark red), and includes links to the gallery images where available. From the United States National Arboretum. (c. LII.org) URL: http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/FallFoliage

TREES: A READING LIST By HF Contributing Writer, Tony(a) Lemos Sienna’s Arbor Day Episode on HFVS inspired me to compile a list of some of our favorite tree books I thought readers might find useful this time of year. One of my favorite things to do is to take my daughter Zoe on a hike with the intention of finding a new tree friend. We will hike until she finds one, then… Read More

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES By Jean Giono We recently rented this video from Netflix and watched it with our daughter. Here is a 10-minute preview of the movie. Be sure to watch before sharing with your family to make sure age appropriate. The story can be found here. We found the video to be beautiful and empowering. The movie can be seen in its entirety on Google Video: The Man Who… Read More

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