Author(s): Antoine Le Hardy De Beaulieu
With an unprecedented depth of visual detail, Antoine le Hardy de Beaulieu has compiled an authoritative pictorial encyclopedia of oaks, known to botanists as members of the genus Quercus. In two volumes and nearly 2500 color photographs, the story of oaks is told, from the shape of the smallest acorn to the habit of the tallest forest tree. The author and his photographers traveled the planet in search of exceptional specimens to photograph---the results are often as dazzling as they are instructive and useful. Each entry in this illustrated guide includes a concise and practical description, as well as special notes of value to gardeners and landscape designers on cold hardiness and cultural needs. Horticulturists, botanists, landscape architects, foresters, and all plant enthusiasts will find the book to be an indispensable reference. No other work brings together so many images of these beloved trees.
Pre-orders are being taken - please email us for deposit details.
We have been waiting since 2002 for this book. It is a huge 1472-page two volume set which will have 4000 colour photos and will cover oaks from around the world, weighing 8kgs.
Some years ago a much smaller version of the book was published in French. Not many copies were printed and it quickly sold out. We have received a copy so that we can use it for reference.
This new edition will be greatly expanded with the number of photos by Michel Timacheff, Eike Jablonski and Philippe de Spoelberch increased from 2500 to 4000. Some of the photos have been taken at Bob Berry's Hackfalls Arboretum at Tiniroto, on the back road between Wairoa and Gisborne. Bob has the best collection of oaks in the southern hemisphere. If you are interested in trees you must visit Hackfalls. The book will cover more than 80% of the species, subspecies, varieties and hybrids of the world. Each entry in this illustrated guide includes a concise and practical description, as well as special notes of value to gardeners and landscape designers on cold hardiness and cultural needs. Horticulturalists, botanists, landscape architects, foresters and all plant enthusiasts will find the book an indispensable reference. No other book brings together so many photos of oaks. The price for the English edition will likely exceed $400.00 and when we have confirmation of price and delivery date, we will be asking for a deposit to secure a copy.
We have uploaded some indicative images from the French version - this is only a very small sample.
Antoine le Hardy de Beaulieu is a landscape designer, nurseryman, and publisher. His nursery specializes in ornamental trees and shrubs. He is a member of the International Dendrology Society, and works and gardens near Brussels, Belgium. Le Hardy de Beaulieu continues to work on additional book projects on topics such as viburnums, and dogwoods.