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These Tree-riffic Books are 25% Off to Celebrate Arbor Day

The concept of Arbor Day is simple: let’s celebrate our love for trees.

First celebrated in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872, Arbor Day [1] has since become an international day of celebration of affection and care for the tall, woody plants that mean so much to us. From heating our homes sustainably to shading our pastured livestock on hot summer days, from sequestering carbon in the soil to producing delicious fruits, and much, much more, trees are very special beings that we ought to cherish.

To help you celebrate this Arbor Day, we’ve selected a bunch of our favorite tree-centric books and put them on sale for 25% off until May 4th. You may be asking, “Hey, do trees really want us to buy books? Wouldn’t that be like chickens cheering about a sale on McNuggets?” And to that I say, “There’s actually chicken in McNuggets!?”

Haha, I kid. But seriously, if you’re asking such a question, you’re pretty smart. You should ask questions like that about all your purchases.

Thankfully, here at Chelsea Green all our books are printed on recycled paper, so you can purchase our books about trees — or any other topic under the umbrella of sustainability — without that particular sort of environmental guilt.

Happy Arbor Day!


A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats and Benedictions

by Gene Logsdon

Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world.


The Man Who Planted Trees

by Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy, & Andy Lipkis

Twenty years ago Chelsea Green published the first trade edition of The Man Who Planted Trees, a timeless eco-fable about what one person can do to restore the earth. The hero of the story, Elzéard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence in the south of France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape-from one devoid of life, with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds, and fresh, flowing water.


The Man who Planted Trees – Book/CD set

by Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy, & Andy Lipkis

Set contains the book and audio CD.


The Man Who Planted Trees – CD

by Jean Giono, Michael McCurdy, & Andy Lipkis

Audio CD version of the acclaimed audio of the story by Jean Giono. The original music was composed and is performed by the Paul Winter consort, and the text is narrated by Robert J. Lurtsema, host of “Morning Pro Musica.”


The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

by Michael Phillips

The Holistic Orchard demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management.


The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition

by Michael Phillips

The author’s personal voice and clear-eyed advice have already made The Apple Grower a classic among small-scale growers and home orchardists. In fact, anyone serious about succeeding with apples needs to have this updated edition on their bookshelf.


The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

by Stella Otto

For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower.

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops

by Martin Crawford

A forest garden is a managed ecosystem modeled on the stucture of young natural woodlands, with a diversity of crops grown in different vertical layers. Unlike in a conventional garden, nature does most of the work for you. Creating a Forest Garden tells you everything you need to know – whether you want to plant a small area in your back garden or develop a larger plot.

A Forest Garden Year DVD

by Martin Crawford

This 49-minute DVD shows how you can apply the principles of forest gardening to spaces big and small. Martin takes viewers through the seasons in his Devon, England, forest garden and shows them how to plan their planting to mimic the layering, density, and diversity of a forest.

A Wood of Our Own, Second Edition

by Julian Evans

In 1985, author Julian Evans decided to buy his own small forest in North Hampshire, fulfilling every forester’s dream. Caring for the wood and its natural inhabitants using both ancient and modern skills, Evans experiences the evolving cycle of woodland life and encourages us to appreciate our environment firsthand in all seasons, all climates.


The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management

by Ben Law

Ben Law is an experienced and innovative woodsman with a deep commitment to practical sustainability. Here he presents a radical alternative to conventional woodland management that creates biodiverse, healthy environments, yields a great variety of value-added products, provides a secure livelihood for woodland workers and farmers, and benefits the local community.

Common Sense Forestry

by Hans Morsbach

Common Sense Forestry relates thirty years’ experience of an environmentally conscious woodland owner. Much of the book is devoted to starting a forest and how to maintain it. It answers such questions as: What seedlings to buy? Should your forest be monoculture or a mixed forest? What is the payback for planting and maintaining a forest? Is seeding a good way to start a forest?  How should I prune?  How, when and whether to thin? How to herbicide and when?


The Woodland Year

by Ben Law

The Woodland Year provides a fascinating insight into every aspect of sustainable woodland management, including the cycles of nature, seasonal tasks, wild food gathering, wine making, mouthwatering and useful recipes, coppice crafts, round-pole timber-frame eco-building (pioneered by Ben), nature conservation, species diversity, tree profiles, and the use of horses for woodland work.