Saturday, 20 November 2010

a celebration of eucalypts

before telling you what i think of this splendid book [oops, slipped out already]
i should declare that my review may have a trifle of bias
as there are two images of my work included in it
as well as a well-summarised [by the authors]
outline of eucalyptus dye processes

so that little kitten is out of the bag.

and now to the book.
the authors discuss the biology and classification of the genus
as well as the social history, use in art and culture and of course the potential for landscaping and planting.
a number of arboreta are listed along with a selection of significant trees and their locations...although Nindethana at Lake Albert sadly eludes mention [it comprises of some 500 river red gums Eucalyptus camuldulensis grown and planted by the late John Giles from seed collected at rivers all over Australia].

there is an exquisite drawing of a series of 'dendroglyphs' - a term describing carved trees - sourced from a book by R.Etheridge [1918] which has particularly piqued my curiosity

the lyrical text is generously illustrated with an abundance of photographs
and while i haven't yet had time to read the whole book word for word
i've already learned [by skimming] many things i didn't yet know
[such as the existence of a Museum of Eucalyptus in Brazil]
i have no hesitation in recommending this as a highly desirable addition to the libraries
of those who, like me, have a fascination for the iconic eucalypt.

John Wrigley and Murray Fagg
Allen & Unwin 2010


  1. beautiful trees, well worth celebrating. i'll look out for it.

  2. i love the idea of dedicating all this to one plant.

  3. marvelous. i love dendroglyphs, must go looking for some, though sadly, not on eucalypts.

  4. No book about eucalypts would be complete without examples of your glorious work. Congratulations dear India.

  5. congratulations on your inclusion in this
    a fine book
    written by fine and well respected plantsmen

  6. Your work is the highest tribute to eucalyptus in my book.

  7. oh goodie.... another great inclusion for my library! just in time for christmas! xo

  8. and... would a "canoe tree" be described as a dendroglyph? my aunt and uncle have a camaldulensis opposite their house that is "marked" as a locally significant canoe tree. ive always loved it and now you've piqued my interest even further!

  9. This book looks very interesting. The eaucalyptus is such a gorgeous subject for painting and embroidery.

  10. splendid looking book India...and delighted to know to are featured in here too!