Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest

Arboretum America Arboretum America University of Michigan

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

University of Michigan, 2003 


Diana Beresford-Kroeger, botanist, medical biochemist, and biology researcher, has made it her life mission to convey to the industrial world an understanding of the critical role trees play in maintaining biodiversity and the inter-connectedness of all life on the planet.

The author presents a "bioplan" for re-establishing trees native to North America, displaying twenty different tree groups with an eye for their medicinal indications, long known to American Indians, and the protection of the fragile balance of the environment against global warming and pollution.

 Part of her mission has been the creation of her own forest in Canada of native North American trees where she has cultivated rare and endangered species of trees. With this significant knowledge and experience at hand, Beresford-Kroger shares ideas for placing these plants in a garden, including suggesting which others to add to advantage. Not at all dull reading, the botanical, medical, and scientific aspects of trees are presented in language of a mystic and complemented by her husband Christian Kroger's stunning photographs.  She summons all this, with her lifelong love for trees, to her fervent passion of saving the earth from devastation by human ignorance and greed.