Friendship and Birth of Longwood Gardens
The children's book The Magic Shrub (Longwood Gardens, $13.99) is a coming-of-age story about a blooming friendship between 10-year-old Sam and Pierre S. du Pont (who purchased Sam's favorite play area) and the transformation of Sam's woodland playground into Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. This delightfully descriptive, lovingly written 47-page tale by Eileen S. Maroney with drawings by Lauren Goldstein is easy to imagine as true. Christina Bartuska Kistler (and her daughter Sabrina) of East Falls in Philadelphia found the book "entertaining enough to capture the parent's interest while reading it to their child. For the gardening parent or a person who has been to Longwood, it's fascinating to learn why certain areas of the gardens were built." The discussions about various trees -- katsura, beech, gingko, bald cypress -- and their unique qualities are especially interesting, Christina notes.
Historic Tree Nursery
Want a bit of Pearl Buck, Mark Twain, Aldo Leopold, the Wright brothers, or China's Forbidden City in your yard? American Forests' Historic Tree Program brings history alive by propagating and selling the offspring of trees connected to famous people, events, and places through its Historic Tree Nursery. American Forest's mission is to grow a healthier world with trees and help us understand trees' environmental, social, and economic benefits. This site also has Tree Care Tips and the National Register of Historic Trees.