William Bryant Logan - "Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees"

Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

William Bryant Logan. Image by Nora Humphrey LoganCLICK HERE to RSVP

In his new book, arborist and author of Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

In this journey from the English fens to Spain, Japan, and California, William Bryant Logan rediscovers what was once an everyday ecology. He offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach. Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts, and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again. Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them. Rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known.

“William Bryant Logan’s vision of a world in which humans and trees work together to mutual benefit―a world that has existed in the past and can exist again in the future―is cause for deep joy, for celebration and hope.”- Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393329476
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 2007

Oak: The Frame of Civilization Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393327786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 17th, 2006