‘Hidden Life’ will grow on you

  • “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How they Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World”, by Peter Wohlleben

Trees are everywhere. Did you know that without them we wouldn’t even exist!

We take them for granted most of the time, driving or walking by them without even really noticing them!

And yet, there is an entirely different world going on right along side us that we may not even be aware of!

Communication, teamwork, cooperation, regeneration…everything tree huggers strive for!

“The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How they Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World”, by former German Forestry Commissioner Peter Wohlleben, reveals the scientific reality of what really is going on all around us, and beneath us, too!

For instance, did you know that older trees actually feed and share nutrients with younger trees?

Did you know trees can “smell”? Or that there are some tree root systems which are thousands and thousands of years old?

Or that when certain pests approach, trees will begin to emit certain chemicals to ward away the attackers, and at the same time warn other trees so they can prepare their defense!

Like “The Soul of an Octopus”, (which we recently reviewed) this book has been a surprise best-seller in our store, and customers constantly tell us how much they enjoyed it and how surprised they were that they wanted to read it!

One of the great benefits of this book is that it is written in an interesting and engaging way. You don’t even have to be a tree-hugger or an arborist to find the author’s presentation of his life’s discoveries about the hidden nature of trees completely fascinating!

Trees take care of themselves with pure science! Once you begin to delve into the intricate realm that is the existence of trees, you will never look at a tree the same again! Life comes in all shape and sizes!


Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore.


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