Left Bank hosts acclaimed author/arborist

Mar 21, 2019

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to meet acclaimed author and arborist William Bryant Logan Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. and celebrate the recent release of his newest book, “Sprout Lands: Tending the Everlasting Gift of Trees.”

Logan has won numerous Quill and Trowel Awards from the Garden Writers of America; and was a contributing editor to House Beautiful, House and Garden and Garden Design, as well as a regular garden writer for the New York Times.

“Sprout Lands” came about as a result of Logan’s company, Urban Arborists, being hired to train dozens of new trees in front of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Forty of the trees were to be pollarded — an ancient way of pruning that prompts thick nests of sprouts to form on major branches.

Logan asked colleagues for advice on how to encourage the trees to sprout, but no one seemed to know — and yet pollarding had been the preeminent way in which humans tended trees from the last Ice Age to the Industrial Revolution. Somehow, that knowledge had vanished, and even renowned arborist and naturalist Logan could not learn how to perform what would have seemed the most mundane of tasks to a villager in the Middle Ages.

“Sprout Lands” is Logan’s elegant answer to this mystery. His lively obsession inspired him to travel the world – to England, Spain, Sierra Leone, Norway, Japan, and the redwood forests of California – to investigate the rich and intimate connection between trees and humans.

In addition to his work as a writer, Logan teaches at the New York Botanical Garden's School of Professional Horticulture and lectures at botanical gardens around the country. His three earlier books have become classics in their field: “Oak: The Frame of Civilization”; “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”; and “Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.”

Logan’s talk and book signing are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly suggested by calling 338-9009 or emailing leftbank@myfairpoint.net with questions or to pre-order any of Logan’s books. The shop is located downtown Belfast and is open daily, year round.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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