Pros: Excellent tree celebration ideas, good tree planting info
Cons: Not printed on recycled paper
However, this book does have many pros...
All illustrations in How to Plant a Tree are simple but lovely and illustrations related to a task, such as tree planting or hedge laying are still in-depth enough to get the point across.
- Beautiful design, which makes this an excellent book gift. Pages are a creamy off-white with a dark navy text and each tree ceremony idea is printed on a midnight blue background with white text, which sounds odd, but comes off surprisingly well and helps if you’re flipping through for a ceremony.
- The book is easily split into three sections but that those sections are all interwoven throughout the book. There’s occasions and ceremonies, practicalities and miscellany. Practicalities includes topics like how to plant and protect a tree, how to graft a tree, how to clone a tree, how to use timber responsibly and more. Miscellany covers various tree types in depth but succinctly. Each individual topic, tree or ceremony topic is just two pages in length, so these are perfectly bite-sized tips and easy to digest.
- The tree planting sections are well thought out and easy to follow. You’ll be able to plant a tree after reading this book, even if you’ve never done so before.
- All the ceremony ideas are really interesting. Of course we’ve all heard of planting a tree for a new baby or in memory of a passed loved one, but this book goes beyond the basics. There are tree ceremony ideas for marriage, anniversaries, health, prosperity, a new home, fertility, coming of age and more. Each ceremony offers tree species suggestions, inspiration for planting and useful tips for keeping it all organized and special.
Cons were few. As noted above I didn't like that the book was not printed sustainably and I think some terms may be hard for people to understand, but overall a great gift book and handy primer to have around if you're into trees.