The Garden Club of the Back Bay will hold its October meeting on Wednesday, October 30 beginning at 10 am at The College Club, 44 Commonwealth Avenue, with a lecture on Bark: Get to Know Your Trees.
As a naturalist, writer, photographer, and illustrator, Michael Wojtech strives to share the science and beauty of natural history in an accessible and compelling fashion. He began his ongoing study of tree physiology and ecology at Antioch University New England, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology and edited the journal Whole Terrain. Michael speaks about and leads workshops on trees throughout the Northeast. Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen or are out of reach? With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree’s life cycle, his recently published Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast is an indispensable guidebook explaining how to identify trees by their bark alone.
Chapters on the structure and ecology of tree bark, descriptions of bark appearance, an easy-to-use identification key, and supplemental information on non-bark characteristics–all enhanced by over 450 photographs, illustrations, and maps–will show you how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colors of bark to recognize various tree species, and also understand why these traits evolved.
Whether you’re a professional naturalist or a parent leading a family hike, Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast is your essential guide to the region’s 67 native and naturalized tree species. Following his talk and before our optional lunch is served, we will stroll outside with Michael to the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and take a took at the bark of some of the trees growing in our neighborhood. GCBB members will receive written notice of the meeting. Guests are welcome – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.