Author(s): John and Bunny Mortimer
The emphasis on Trees and their Bark is on the often unappreciated feature of tree bark. Using over 270 photos this book illustrates the wonderful range of colours and textures of bark on a selection of trees that grow in temperate climates. Many of these photos have been taken on travels in the USA, England, continental Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. The text is an informative blend of tree history, discovery, collections and uses, sprinkled with a little whimsy, fable, verse and some lesser-known anecdotes. In the last 50 years very little of a non-technical nature has been published on the subject of bark - this one takes a different approach and will appeal to all tree lovers.
It is a lovely work and I have to eat my eat words that may have suggested that reading about bark was akin to watching paint dry. I actually find it a more compelling book than 'Trees for the New Zealand Countryside' - bark is on the evidence here extraordinarily poetic, romantic even. The pictures are superb. It's a lovely book and I find it strangely comforting to own a copy.
Letter from a past Katherine Mansfield Scholar, University Writer in Residence and author.
Following on from the remarkably successful 'Trees for the New Zealand Countryside' the Hamilton based Mortimers now produce another exceptional offering. This is a nicely illustrated book about bark - a neglected side of our appreciation of trees, and the text contains a rich storehouse of fact and well-researched anecdotes making truly fascinating reading. The book is going to be around for a long time and will have readers far beyond our shores. Look no further for a Christmas present.
House and Garden
Your beautiful book is a real credit to you and we are delighted to own a copy. The literary contributions are great and make it such a joy....
Letter from retired horticulturists
The title suggests a rather dry subject with rather limited appeal, but I can assure the reader that nothing could be farther from the truth. This delightfully written and illustrated volume is beautifully produced in a slightly old fashioned way but charming way. It is a selection of the authors' choices of interesting trees that display the special characteristics of bark that has to be touched to make sure it is real. Each subject has a personal story of discovery, history, and use and garden value all wrapped up in a short description accompanied by one or more mouth watering photos, often taken in the wild. Many common trees will be seen in a new light after reading this book, whilst others will be sought as a 'must have' treasure for the garden. I found it a hard book to put down once I had opened it and I'm sure most readers will feel the same. John and Bunny are to be congratulated and supported for this exceptionally fine addition to our horticultural bookshelves.
The Trust Director, in the Newsletter of Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust
There is liberal use of colour photographs to accompany the text, which is superbly laid out and includes numerous anecdotes, quotations and snippets of poems of days gone by. So this is a charming read, as well as informative, and I wonder how many gardeners could resist just turning another page.
CONTENTS: Foreword; Preface; Introduction; The Species; Photo Location Index; Some Biographical Notes; Tree Collections Mentioned in the Text; Bibliography; Index.