‘A lovely leafy avenue winding elegantly through botany, evolution, craft, history, music, medicine, mythology, and food…’
– Graeme Hill, Newsroom
‘Robert Vennell makes wandering through our bush seem like a visit to a giant shopping centre…Every plant has a story and the result is delightfully informative
– Jim Eagles, Canvas
A guide and gift book in equal measure, this treasure of a book pays homage to New Zealand’s native plant species.
The Meaning of Trees tells the story of plants and people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Beautifully illustrated with botanical drawings, paintings and photographs, it shows us how a globally unique flora has been used for food, medicine, shelter, spirituality and science. From Jurassic giants to botanical oddballs – these are our wonderful native and endemic plants, in an exquisite hardback edition.