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Trees Quotes - Part II


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Quotes for Gardeners and Lovers of the Green Way

Compiled by Karen and Mike Garofalo

Spirit of Gardening Website



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"It will beggar a doctor to live where orchards thrive."
-  Spanish proverb



"There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn.  Some people call it the Tree of Heaven.  No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky.  It grows in boarded up plots and out of neglected rubbish heaps.  It grows up out of cellar gratings.   It is the only tree that grows out of cement.  It grows lushly ... survives without sun, water and seemingly without earth.  It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it."
-  Betty Smith, 1896-1972  



"I'll lie here and learn How, over their ground, Trees make a long shadow And a light sound."
-  Louise Bogan, 1898-1970  



"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
-  John Muir  



Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
-  Martin Luther (1483-1546)  



"You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.
-  Denise Levertov, Threat 



"A well maintained landscape with mature trees can increase property values up to 25 percent.  Trees can cool houses in the summer.  A city lot with 30 percent plant cover provides the equivalent cooling necessary to air condition two moderately sized houses 12 hours a day in the summer."
The Value of Trees Around Your Home    


Conifers of California by Ronald M. Lanner, 1999.

Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden by Richard L. Bitner, 2011.

The Healing Power of Trees: Spiritual Journeys Through the Celtic Tree Calendar by Sharlyn Hidalgo, 2010.


"There are those who say that trees shade the garden too much, and interfere with the growth of the vegetables.   There may be something in this:but when I go down the potato rows, the rays of the sun glancing upon my shining blade, the sweat pouring down my face, I should be grateful for shade."
-  Charles Dudley Warner  



"It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees."
Arab Proverb  



"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-  Robert Louis Stevenson  



"We ask for the blessing of the Inner Guardians of the Order and of our Druid forebears that this Grove might become a truly holy and sanctified place.  We respect and honour and admire you, O trees, for you represent both Peace and Power - though you are mighty you hurt no creature.  Though you sustain us with your breath, you will give up your life to house and warm and teach us.  We give thanks for your blessing upon our lives and upon our lands.  May you fare well in this chosen place.   Awen."
-  Druid Ceremony for Planting a Grove    



"The grove is the centre of their whole religion. It is regarded as the cradle of the race and the dwelling-place of the supreme god to whom all things are subject and obedient."
Tacitus, Germania



Tree Quotes I      Tree Quotes II      Tree Quotes III      Tree Quotes IV  



"From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned."
Immanuel Kant  



"If what I say resonates with you, it is merely because we are both branches on the same tree."
-  W.. B . Yeats  





"Perennials sleep the first year, they creep the second year, and they leap the third year."
-  Anonymous  



"Oh to be free of myself, 
With nothing left to remember, 
To have my heart as bare 
As a tree in December; 

Resting, as a tree rests 
After its leaves are gone, 
Waiting no more for a rain at night 
Nor for the red at dawn."
-  Sara Teasdale, The Tree  



"The chestnut's proud, and the lilac's pretty,
The poplar's gentle and tall,
But the plane tree's kind to the poor dull city -
I love him best of all."
-  Edith Nesbit, 1858-1924  



"Man is nature as much as the trees."
-  Dan Kiley, American landscape designer  



"I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches."
-   Robert Frost, Birch Trees



"The talking oak
To the ancient spoke.
But any tree
Will talk to me."

-  Mary Carolyn Davies   



"Boys need wood to chop."
-  Stephen D. Nadauld  



"He that plants trees loves others beside himself."
- Thomas Fuller



"They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust.  They teach us, and we tend them.
-  Galeain ip Altiem MacDunelmor   



"I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods." 
-  Wendell Berry



"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'"
-  As told by John F. Kennedy   



"Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way."
-  Langya  



"If a tree is treated as a living organism, with an understanding of its vital functions, it will be a constant source of profit and pleasure to men."
-  N.T. Mirov  



"twisting inland,
the sea fog takes awhile
in the apple trees."

Michael McClintock  



"By gathering seed from trees which are close to our homes and close to our hearts, helping them to germinate and grow, and then planting them back into their original landscapes, we can all make a living link between this millennium and the next, a natural bridge from the past to the future."
- Chris Baines  



"Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter"
-   Ilan Shamir,
Advice From a Tree  



"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats." 
-  Woody Allen   



"It seemed a strange thing to him, when earth was earth and rain was rain, that scrawny pines should grow in the scrub, while by every branch and lake and river there grew magnolias.  Dogs were the same everywhere, and oxen and mules and horses.  But trees were different in different places."
-  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,  1896-1953  



"If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees."
-  Khalil Gibran   



"We can see from the experience of Odin that the image of the tree was the template within which all of the sacred world could be apprehended. The tree was the framework within which one "flew" to these Otherworlds. And since the exploration of sacred space was also a quest into the nature of human consciousness, the tree was regarded as an image of the ways in which we, humans, are constructed psychically. It was a natural model for our deepest wisdom, our highest aspirations."
-  Brian Bates,
Sacred Trees  



"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!"
-   John Muir   



"Approaching a tree we approach a sacred being who can teach us about love and about endless giving.  She is one of millions of beings who provide our air, our homes, our fuel, our books.  Working with the spirit of the tree can bring us renewed energy, powerful inspiration, deep communion."
Druid Tree Lore and the Ogham  



"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel."
-   Aldo Leopold  



"Then here 's to the oak, the brave old oak,
Who stands in his pride alone!
And still flourish he a hale green tree
When a hundred years are gone!"
-  H. F. Chorley. 1831-1872.   



"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."
- Winston Churchill  



"The best friend of earth of man is the tree.  When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth."
-  Frank Lloyd Wright  



"Thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them:for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man's life)..."
-  Deuteronomy 20:19  



"If we represent knowledge as a tree, we know that things that are divided are yet connected.  We know that to observe the divisions and ignore the connections is to destroy the tree."
-  Wendell Berry  



"Bread and butter, devoid of charm in the drawing room, is ambrosia eaten under a tree."
-  Elizabeth Von Antrim  



"Some trees serve multiple purposes: the baobab in Africa, the mulberry in China, the coconut palm in the tropics."



"The poor ignorant savage even apologized to a tree for having to cut it down and had sacred groves and woods he left standing— homes of the gods or of his fellow creatures—whereas his successor, who ungodded nature, ravages the heights and brings floods, dustbowls and salt pans into the once fertile lowlands.  Or worse, defoliates to facilitate hunting down his brother man."
-  Jacob Trapp, The Light of a Thousand Suns, 1973  



"Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha.  This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf."
-  Dogen  



"Evil enters like a needle and spreads like a oak tree."
-  Proverb from Ethiopia



"The bud is on the bough again,
The leaf is on the tree."
-   Charles Jefferys, The Meeting of Spring and Summer  



"When walking through a warm and lush forest setting one's thoughts can easily take flights of fancy. It is not difficult to shed the layers of modern life and find one's more subtle or primitive beginnings.  Somewhere from deep within the spirit and majesty of each single tree steps forth and at once one can find themselves transported to a world of shadow and shade."
-  Morgan La Fey, 
Sacred Trees  



"Does a dragon still sing from within a withered tree?"
-  Dogen  



"Trees can reduce utility bills (air conditioning in summer, heating in winter) when planted properly: Heating: Using trees as windbreaks allows savings of 10% - 20%.  Cooling: Shading windows and walls can lower AC costs by 25% - 50%."
The Benefits of Planting Trees  



"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
-  Nelson Henderson  



"The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings."
-  Buddhist Sutra  



"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
-  Henry David Thoreau, Walden  



"You know the Zen question, 'The Bodhisattva of Great Mercy [Avalokitesvara, or Kannon] has a thousand hands and a thousand eyes; which is the true eye?'  I could not understand this for a long time.  But the other day, when I looked at the pine trees bending before the cold blasts from the mountain, I suddenly realized the meaning.  You see, all the boughs, branches, twigs, and leaves simultaneously bend to the wind with tremendous vigor."
Two Zen Classics, Translated by Katsuki Sekida, Case 37, Joshu's Oak Tree  



"Of all man's works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that."
-  Henry Ward Beecher  


Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide To Eastern North America by Michael D. Williams, 2007.

Japanese Maples: Momiji and Keade by J. D. Vertrees and Peter Gregory, 2001.

The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell, 2009.


"Oak-logs will warm you well,
That are old and dry;
Logs of pine will sweetly smell
But the sparks will fly."
-  Mother Goose, 
Wood Lore  



"The evergreen!  How beautiful, how welcome, how wonderful the evergreen! When one thinks of it, how astonishing a variety of nature!  In some countries we know that the tree that sheds its leaf is the variety, but that does not make it less amazing, that the same soil and the same sun should nurture plants differing in the first rule and law of their existence."
-  Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814  



"If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I should nevertheless plant a tree today."
-  Stephan Girard  



"I measure myself
Against a tall tree
I find that I am much taller,
For I reach right up to the sun
With my eye;
And I reach to the shore of the sea
With my ear.
Nevertheless, I dislike
The way the ants crawl
In and out of my shadow."
-  Wallace Stevens  



"I have reached illusion's end in this grove of falling leaves. Each leaf a signal of past joy, drifting here within my heart."
-  Mu Dan  



"Huge Elm thy rifted trunk all notched and scarred
Like to a warrior's destiny - I love
To stretch me often on such shadowed sward
And hear the sighs of summer leaves above
Or on thy buttressed roots to sit and lean
In careless attitude and there reflect
On times and deeds and darings that have been
Old cast aways now swallowed in neglect
While thou art towering in thy strength of heart
Stirring the soul to vain imaginings
In which life's sordid being hath no part
The wind in that eternal ditty sings
Humming of future things that burns the mind
To leave some fragment of itself behind."

- John Clare, Salter's Tree  



"Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend,
Unnerves his strength, invites his end."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Woodnotes  



"They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see'em.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone.
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot."
-   Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi  



"Some men go through a forest and see no firewood."
-  English proverb  



"A tree is our most intimate contact with nature."
-   George Nakashima, woodworker  




Months and Seasons
Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore,
Myths, Holidays, Celebrations,
Links, Celebrations, Facts,
Resources, Gardening Chores
Winter Spring Summer Autumn
January April July October
February May August November
March June September December 




"Thank God, they cannot cut down the clouds!"
-  Henry David Thoreau



"It is difficult to place a monetary value on the many vital services that trees provide.  However, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection calculates that a single tree that lives for fifty years will contribute service worth nearly $200,000 (in 1994 dollars) to the community during its lifetime. This includes providing oxygen ($31,250), recycling water and regulating humidity ($37,000), controlling air pollution ($62,500), producing protein ($2,500), providing shelter for wildlife ($31,250), and controlling land erosion and fertilizing the soil ($31,250)."
Sacred Trees  





"Blessed is the man who has found wisdom...
Her ways are good ways,
and all her paths are peaceful,
She is a tree of life to all that lay hold upon her."
-  Proverbs 3:18  



"A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was.
It does not need to adopt new and startling methods."
-  Robert Henri  



"By the grey woods, by the swamp, where the toad and newt encamp, by the dismal tarns and pools, where dwell the Gouls.   By each spot the most unholy, by each nook most melancholy, there the traveller meets, aghast, sheeted memories of the Past.   Shrouded forms that
start and sigh, as they pass the wanderer by. White-robed forms of friends long given; In agony, to the Earth - and Heaven."
-  Edgar Allen Poe, Dreamland 



"A tree, young or old, if admired, remains a definite vision, and when after long absence it is visited again, the meeting place is approached with feelings of pleasure and curiosity as to how one's friend had fared, even with thoughts as to what changes may come to tree or visitor since first they met; this may seem like a foolish sentiment - perhaps it is.  But, after all, sentiment is mingled with most that's best in life."
-  Charles Eley, Gardening for the Twentieth Century, 1923  



"Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
-  Kahlil Gibran  



"Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees."
-  J.J. Furnas  



"When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of
the place then strike you with the presence of a deity?"
- Seneca  



"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are
not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers - for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."
-   Osho  





white and odorous with blossom,
framing the quiet fields,
and swaying flowers and grasses,
and the hum of bees."
-  F. S. Flint, 1885-1960, Trees  



Enormous and solid
    but swaying,
beaten by the wind
    but chained,
murmur of a million leaves
against my window.
    Riot of trees,
surge of dark green sounds.
    The grove,
suddenly still,
    is a web of fronds and branches.
-   Octavio Paz, The Grove, Return - 1975.  
    The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957 -1987. 


Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden by Yoko Kawaguchi, 2008. 

The Sunset Western Garden Book, Eight Edition, 2007.  Over 8,000 plants described.  Essential reference resource for all gardeners in the United States. 

Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest, by Jim Balog, 2009. 


"The lofty oak from a small acorn grows."
-  Lewis Duncombe, De Minimus Maxima  



"We all travel the milky way together, trees and men ... trees are travellers, in the ordinary sense. They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true: but our own little comes and goes are only little more than tree-wavings - many of them not so much."
-  John Muir, Scribner's Monthly, November 1878  



"Peace to these little broken leaves,
That strew our common ground;
That chase their tails, like silly dogs,
As they go round and round.
For though in winter boughs are bare,
Let us not once forget
Their summer glory, when these leaves
Caught the great Sun in their strong net;
And made him, in the lower air,
Tremble - no bigger than a star!"
-  W.H. Davies, Leaves  


Tree Identification Book : A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees, by George W. Symonds, 1973. 

Trees and Forests of America by Tim Palmer, 2008. 

Trees: A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd, 2008.


"Did you measure to attain your height?
Did you use geometry to radiate your limb?
Did you lament storm-torn branches?
Did you inventory your leaves for the sun?
You did none of these things, yet man in his cleverness
Cannot match your perfection."
- Deng Ming-Dao  



"The flowing water makes the still mountain move; the vivid trees make the obdurate stone alive."
-  Shitao  



"Alone with myself
The trees bend
to carress me
The shade hugs
my heart."
-   Candy Polgar  



"Whoever does not love trees, does not love God."
-  Elder Amphilochios of Patmos (1888-1970)



"When the long, varnished buds of beech
Point out beyond their reach,
And tanned by summer suns
Leaves of bright bryony turn bronze,
And gossamer floats bright and wet
From trees that are their own sunset,
Spring, summer, autumn I come here,
And what is there to fear?
And yet I never lose the feeling
That someone else behind is stealing
Or else in front has disappeared;
Though nothing I have seen or heard,
Makes me still walk beneath these boughs
With cautious step as in a haunted house."
-   Andrew Young, The Birchwood  



"The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old."
Plants and Botany Trivia 



"Her upon whom the trees, Lords of the Forest, stand firm, unshakable, in every place, this long-enduring Earth we now invoke, the giver of all manner of delights."
-  Atharva Veda 12.1.27, 
Nature Devas  



"Trees help you see slices of sky between branches, point to things you could never reach.
Trees help you watch the growing happen, watch blossoms burst then dry, see shade twist to the pace of a sun, birds tear at unwilling seeds."
-  Rochelle Mass, Waiting for a Message



"The calm quiet strength of a tree
Anchored deep in the earth
Reaching high in the sky
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Full of life from its roots
To the tiniest branch
The calm quiet strength of a tree

And oh, how it comforts me
How it teaches me
Without a sound
Then I realize at once
That this tree and I are one
In eternity

The calm quiet strength of a tree
From the weight of its trunk
To its delicate leaves
The calm quiet strength of a tree

The calm quiet strength of a tree
Showing anyone near
All the secrets of time
The calm quiet strength of a tree.
-   Tom Splitt and Robert Johnson 



"A branch that grows crooked, or that is crooked from the beginning, will never straighten out."



"Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them."
-  "Electronic Frontier"



"Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing.  It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total."
-  Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning 



"If any man, without the knowledge of the owner of a garden, fell a tree in a garden he shall pay half a mina in money."
Code of Hammurabi, circa 1792 B.C.   



"Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky, 
How beautiful it is?  
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness 
There is a poem, there is a song.  
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.  
When the spring comes, it again fills the tree with 
The music of many leaves, 
Which in due season fall and are blown away.  
And this is the way of life."
-  Krishnamurti  



"All a green willow, willow, All a green willow is my garland."
-  John Heywood, The Green Willow  



"Birth, life and death - each took place on the hidden side of a leaf."
-  Toni Morrison  



"When I can go just where I want to go,
There is a copse of birch trees that I know;
And, as in Eden Adam walked with God,
When in that quiet aisle my feet have trod
I have found peace among the silver trees,
Known comfort in the cool kiss of the breeze
Heard music in its whisper, and have known
Most certainly that I was not alone!"
-  Father Andrew, The Birch Copse   



Next Page:  Trees - Quotes for Gardeners, Part III

Tree Quotes I      Tree Quotes II      Tree Quotes III      Tree Quotes IV




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Recommended Reading
From Karen and Mike at the Spirit of Gardening


Ancient Trees: Trees That Live For 1,000 Years by Anna Lewington, 1999.

Apple Trees  This website is an invaluable resource for apple tree growers - it helps you to find pollinators based on a specific variety. 

Arbor Day Foundation

Arborsmith Studios
   Trees as art, architecture, and sculpture.  Take a Look!

Arid Zone Trees Gallery

The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden by Stella Otto, 1993. 

Bark: An Intimate Look at the World's Trees by Cedric Pollet.    

Books About Trees

British Trees Home Page

The Celtic Wisdom of Trees
.   By Jane Gifford. 

Christmas Trees

Conifers of California by Ronald M. Lanner, 1999.

Cowper, Wordsworth, Clare: The Politics of Trees.   By Tim Fulford.  

Designing with Conifers: The Best Choices for Year-Round Interest in Your Garden by Richard L. Bitner, 2011.

The Druid Grove

Druid Tree Lore and the Ogham


The Evergreen Foundation

Fairies: Plant Lore
    Eileen Holland. 

Fall Leaves: Poetry of Color in the Woods

The Five Sacred Trees.   A musical composition by John Williams.

Forests Forever

Richard St. Barbe Baker,  Ph.D., 1889 - 1982.  A forester who help organize reforestation projects around the world.  He wrote over 30 books.  Leader of the the organization:  Men of the Trees.   Billions of trees have been planted as a result of reforestation projects he encouraged, inspired or led.  The International Tree Foundation:  Men of the Trees.

Forest Information on the World Wide Web

Forests, Trees and People

Friends of the Earth

Fruit and Nut Trees
  Red Bluff, California.  The Red Bluff Notebooks by Michael P. Garofalo.  Links, references, local information, observations.

Fruits and Nuts - Quotes for Gardeners

The Golden Bough:  A Study in Magic and Religion By James A. Frazier.  Introduction by George Stocking.   New York, Penguin Books, 1998.   Originally published in 1890.  944 pages.   ISBN: 0140189319.       The limitations and inaccuracies of this work are known by savvy anthropologists today; nevertheless, a seminal work in general folklore,  with many stories and legends of interest to those that find tree worship of interest.    

The Green Man: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Resources, Notes, Lore, Myths.

Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth. By William Anderson. Photography by Clive Hicks. London, Harper Collins, c 1990. 176 pages, bibliography, notes.   "Beautifully illustrated in colour as well as black and white, and connected with a BBC Omnibus documentary, Green Man is the record of a quest for the archetype through folklore, religion, art and architecture, from prehistory to the present."

The Healing Energy of Trees.   By Patrice Bouchardon. 

The Healing Power of Trees: Spiritual Journeys Through the Celtic Tree Calendar by Sharlyn Hidalgo, 2010.

Homage to Trees, Trees for Wisdom

Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide To Eastern North America by Michael D. Williams, 2007.

International Society of Arboriculture
   Information and Links. 

Japanese Maples: Momiji and Keade by J. D. Vertrees and Peter Gregory, 2001.

The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell, 2009. 

Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History by Diana Wells, 2010  


Madrynns' Tree Page
:  Poetry, Prose, Quotes, Journal, Links.  A very good selection of poems and prose about trees.

The Man Who Planted Trees
    By Jean Giono (1895-1970).   A heartwarming story about the impact of one man, Elzeard Bouffier, who planted trees from 1900-1946, in the area where the Alps thrust down into Provence, France. 

The Meaning of Trees: Botany, History, Healing, Lore by Fred Hageneder, 2005. 

Meetings with Remarkable Trees, by Thomas Pakenham, 1998.

Mighty Trees - Elder Kin

Months: Quotes, Poems, Sayings, Lore

My Shade Garden.    By Rebecca Green.

Mystical World Wide Web - Trees

Mythical Plants of the Middle Ages
,  James L. Matterer. 

The National Arbor Day Foundation

National Arborist's Association

National Trees

Oak Woodland Sounds - California Trees

Oaks of California by Bruce M. Pavlik, 1993.  

Oaks of North America by Howard A. Miller, Samuel H. Lamb, 1984.

Oak Tree, by Gordon Morrison, 2005. Great children's book. 

On Trees
    Lore and legends on many kinds of trees. 

Orchards and Vineyards
   Red Bluff, California

Organizations that Plant Trees
   Useful list. 

Planting and Staking a Tree 

Plants of Love : Aphrodisiacs in Myth, History, and the Present

Plant-It 2000
    Plant-It 2000 is an international nonprofit tree-planting foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible worldwide.

Red Oaks and Black Birches: The Science and Lore of Trees by R. Rupp, 1990.   

A Reunion of Trees by Stephen A. Spongberg, 1990. 

Sacred is a Tree    By Margaret Bates. 

Sacred Groves of Britain

Sacred Places:  Trees and the Sacred.

Sacred Trees

Sacred Trees by Nathaniel Altman, 1994. 

Sacred Trees Of Tamil Nadu

Sacred Trees, Oghams and Celtic Symbolism
.   By Morgan La Fey.  A monthly calendar based on trees. 

Sacred Woods and the Lore of Trees   Very interesting presentations about the historical uses, lore, and magical properties of many types of trees. 

Serene Gardens: Creating Japanese Design and Detail in the Western Garden by Yoko Kawaguchi, 2008. 

Shrub 4U - Trees  Lots of links about shrubs and small trees.  

The Simple Act of Planting a Tree
: A Citizen Forester's Guide to Healing Your Neighborhood, Your City, and Your World.   Anonymous.  Published by Tree People.  This is an on-line text version of the book. 

The Spirit of the Trees: Science, Symbiosis and Inspiration by Fred Hagenender, 2001.   

The Spirit of Trees.   Stories, folktales, essays, curricular resources, poems and links about the symbolic 
and aesthetic dimensions of trees.  Outstanding links to folktales, stories, and legends about trees.  

The Sunset Western Garden Book, Eight Edition, 2007.  Over 8,000 plants described.  Essential reference resource for all gardeners in the United States. 

Tongues in Trees:  Studies in Literature and Ecology by Kim Taplin. 

Tree and Plant Lore
   Tree lore, folklore, links, bibliography. 

Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest, by Jim Balog, 2009.   

Tree For All Seasons by Robin Bernard, 2001. A children's book about a tree and and it's seasonal changes. 

Tree Identification Book : A New Method for the Practical Identification and Recognition of Trees, by George W. Symonds, 1973. 

Tree Information on the Internet: A Master Index. 

Tree Legends, Stories, Tales

  An outstanding web site.  It is well organized and provides information, news, forums, a bibliography,  volunteer opportunities, articles, tree guides, job listings, and over 1,800 links.  "This site was created  to provide information, research, and networking for people working in urban and community forestry.  For the researcher, the arborist, the community group leader, the volunteer-our purpose is to inform,  educate, and inspire."  Presented by Pepper Provenzano. 

Tree Medicine - Tree Magic by Ellen Evert Hopman and Diana Green.

The Tree Mythology Grid - The Mystical World Wide Web

The Tree Pages:  In Celebration of Trees
  By Henri D. Grissino-Mayer. 

Tree Ring - Dendrochronology

The Tree Guide:  The Natural History of Trees
    Facts on 800 kinds of trees, tree care, news, science, links.

Tree Stories     

Tree Stories: A Collection of Extraordinary Encounters edited by Warren David Jacobs and Karen I. Shragg.  

Tree Symbolism in American Literature
.  By Michael Goeller. 

Tree Wisdom:  The Definitive Guidebook to the Myth, Folklore, and Healing Power of Trees. 

Trees, A Celebration edited by Jill Fairchild.  

Trees and Forests of America by Tim Palmer, 2008. 

Trees and Plant Lore: MyThing Links by Kathleen Jenks.  Annotated links, artwork, music ... interesting. 

Trees and Poetry
: Children's Poetry   

Trees: A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd, 2008.

Trees for Life

Trees for the Future - Quotations

Trees: Living Links to the Classical Past.   By John M. McMahon.

Trees: Lore, Myths, Magick, Legends, Esoterica

Trees for Healing:  Harmonizing with Nature for Personal Growth and Planetary Balance by Pamela Louise Chase and Jonathan Pawlik. 

Trees of California

Trees of Time and Place

Trees for Life
   Good for teachers.  Great Links!

Trees: Lore, Myths, Magick, Legends, Esoterica 

Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide Series), by C. Frank Brockman, 2001.

Under the Greenwood Tree    Medieval folklore about trees. 

Whispers from the Woods: The Lore & Magic of Trees by Sandra Kynes, 2006. 

White Dragon Magazine:
  The Dragon's Hoard 

Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides), by May T. Watts, 1970.

A World Community of Old Trees
    An Eco-Art Project in Progress by June Julian.  Nice collections of artwork.




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