Book cover for Elderflora




15 February 2024
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.