An offbeat collection of advice and information notes regarding medicinal trees and shrubs, botanical tree names simplified, the origin of surnames and others.

  • Medicinal Trees and ShrubsTrees, shrubs and many other flowering plants have been a source of medicinal compounds for centuries.
  • Surnames and TreesSurnames, by and large, reflect our heritage. They may describe where our ancestors lived (e.g. near a wood), what they did for a living (e.g. a forester) or how they looked (e.g. tall, short, dark of fair haired).
  • Botanical Tree Names SimplifiedCarl Linnaeus was the Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature (naming plants) and published the first edition of his Systema Naturae between 1735/38.
  • What is Arboriculture?Here are some definitions which hopefully convey a sense of what is meant by the term ‘arboriculture’.
  • Autumn ColourThe quality of the annual display of autumn colour is dependent upon soil type, soil pH, soil fertility, tree species, tree provenance and the weather.