Chicago Botanic Garden
Thu, Apr 20
Author Jill Jonnes's presentation celebrates urban trees and the Americans—presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation's cities.
Trees are nature’s largest and longest-lived creations. They play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes and are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past.
Date and Time
Thursday, April 20
7 - 8 p.m.
$25 General admission
$20 Garden Conservancy and Botanic Garden members
All registrations will be taken by the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Garden Conservancy members, please call the Botanic Garden at 847.835.8261 to receive the registration discount
About the book
Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape (Viking, 2016) is a passionate, wide-ranging, and fascinating natural history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries. Jonnes’s survey ranges from early sponsors for the Urban Tree Movement to the fascinating stories of particular species (including Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees, the American chestnut and elm, and the diseases that almost destroyed them) to the institution of Arbor Day to the most recent generation of tree evangelists who are identifying the best species to populate our cities’ leafy canopies.
Copies of Urban Forests will be available for sale at this event.
About the speaker
Jill Jonnes is also the author of Eiffel’s Tower, Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising.
She was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation. For more information, please visit www.jilljonnes.com.