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Also: White Pine: American History and the Tree that Made a Nation



Mark Johnston

Recipient of the 2022 ISA’s R.W. Harris Author’s Citation Award of Distinction

This Award of Distinction is granted to authors for sustained excellence in the publication of timely information pertaining to the field of arboriculture. The 2022 recipient is Mark Johnston. The award was presented at the ISA’s Annual Conference in September 2022, in Malmo, Sweden.


The Tree Experts: A History of Professional Arboriculture in Britain. Windgather Press 2021.

This is the first book to trace the history of Britain’s professional tree experts, from the Roman arborator to the modern chartered arboriculturist. 

Recently published:

Street Trees in Britain: A History. Windgather Press July 5, 2017.

Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture. Windgather Press May 31, 2015.

Selected titles by Jared Farmer:

Trees in Paradise: A California History
W. W. Norton, 2013; reprint from Heyday Books, 2017

On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape
Harvard University Press, 2008

Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees
Basic Books, forthcoming, 2022

Urban Forests; A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape; by Jill Jonnes; Penguin Random House LLC 2016

Selected titles by Andrea Wulf:

The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession. Vintage Books, 2008.

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. Knopf Doubleday, 2012.

Chasing Venus: the Race to Measure the Heavens.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. Knopf, 2015.

The Life of a Leaf, by Stephen Vogel

Arboriculture: History and Development in North America, by Richard J. Campana

The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization by Roland Ennos

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate; Discoveries From A Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben