Explore the hidden life of trees in 2018

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden encourages everyone to embrace the best-selling book “The Hidden Life of Trees” in 2018.  We’re organizing a year’s worth of activities around this recently-released book, written by German forester and author Peter Wohlleben, which asks provocative questions about earth’s forests. Do trees have families? Do they communicate? Do they remember? Wohlleben combs through recent research and weaves together a case for why trees deserve more attention and, perhaps, affection. 

Tower Hill Reads 2018 kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Tower Hill Library. Lovers of trees of all ages are welcome to gather and connect with fellow nature fans and those interested in finding out more about the book. We’ll have refreshments and guests can enter a raffle to win a copy of the book. Copies will be available for members to borrow, and the book is also available for purchase at the Garden Shop at Tower Hill. 

New York Times photo of Peter Wohlleben

On Tuesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. visitors who pre-register for a spot will have the opportunity to hear directly from Wohlleben, who is embarking on a U.S. book tour. The author will give a photographic presentation, answer audience questions, and be available for book signings. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $18 for non-members.

“I use a very human language,” Wohlleben, whose book first shot through the charts in his native Germany before being translated into more than a dozen languages for print, told the New York Times. “Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean.”

Over the course of the year, Tower Hill will offer many tree-related activities including  book discussions, tree walks, a tree census and much more. Check the Events Calendar and Website to be sure not to miss anything. 

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., Tower Hill Reads Kick-Off
  • Tuesday, March 20, 11 a.m., Talk and Book-Signing with Peter Wohlleben
  • Saturday, April 14, 1:30 p.m., Drop-In Discussion of “The Hidden Life of Trees”
  • Friday, April 27, 1 p.m., Arbor Day Tree Walk with Tower Hill director emeritus John Trexler
  • Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m., Worcester Tree Initiative Arbor Day Community Celebration at Institute Park in Worcester
  • Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m., Wachusett Reservoir Walk
  • Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m., Hadwen Arboretum Tree Census (Training June 2)
  • Summer 2018: A visit to the Harvard Forest in Petersham

This is Tower Hill’s second community read (in 2016 we read “The Invention of Nature” by Andrea Wulf)Tower Hill Reads is a chance to bring people together, in a variety of ways, over a single book and create shared experiences that combine literacy and nature. We hope you can join us, read a great book, and take part in the activities and discussions and learn a lot more about trees. 

For more information on Tower Hill Reads 2018 please contact librarian Kathy Bell. To hear a sample of Wohlleben in his own words listen to this recent episode of NPR’s On Point.