Book cover for Elderflora




23 February 2023
448 pages
Imprint: Picador


Jared Farmer brings both classic and state-of-the-art botany alive . . . he shows singular insight into how we do what we do – and perhaps more importantly – why we spend our lives studying trees.
While it is true that the trees have no tongues, that doesn’t mean they don’t speak to us . . . Read Jared Farmer’s lucid and fascinating book to discover the . . . mysteries told by elderflora.
Sacred trees . . . are at the root of historian Jared Farmer’s magisterial study of arboreal longevity, but like the outstretched limbs of a luxuriant elm, his narrative extends over a broad range of social and scientific issues.
The book succeeds as a cultural history of the conservation ideal that led society to forest preservation.