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Peter van der Linden: FOREST AND SHADE TREES OF IOWA


Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dragonfly Books
Cost: Free!


Dragonfly Books is excited to join with local native plant expert Peter van der Linden to host an introduction to plant identification based on van der Linden’s books Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa and Shrubs and Vines of Iowa. Everyone is invited to join this free event on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm.

Van der Linden will have specimens to examine and share some tricks of the trade when it comes to identifying Iowa’s native species. From novice to expert, everyone is sure to learn something new in this free mini-workshop. The evening will include a talk from van der Linden, a light reception, and the opportunity to talk individually with van der Linden and get your book signed.

A resident of Decorah, Iowa, Peter J. van der Linden has worked in arboretums and botanical gardens in Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. Most recently van der Linden was executive director of the University of Iowa’s Lakeside Lab where he was responsible for overseeing 147 acres of diverse wetlands, prairies, lakes and forests located near Spirit Lake in northwest Iowa.

What the reviewers are saying about Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa, Third Edition:

“Amateur naturalists, professional scientists, and landowners in Iowa and beyond -- in fact, tree lovers everywhere -- will enjoy this much-anticipated update of a widely used classic.” -- John Pearson, ecologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
“Since its was first published in 1984, Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa has been the definitive reference for Iowa’s trees and larger shrubs. In this third edition, the book’s information has been expanded, freshly rearranged, and augmented with all-color photographs, making it even more accessible to the lay public as well as professional botanists.” -- Cornelia F. Mutel, author, A Sugar Creek Chronicle and The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa

To learn more about native plant identification and to talk with Peter van der Linden, come to Dragonfly Books on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of van der Linden’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.


Event date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
112 W Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781587299940
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Iowa Press - July 15th, 2011

Back in print at last in a third edition, the classic "Forest and Shade Trees of Iowa "now has a wealth of full-color photographs and updated, reorganized information that will please both new and returning readers.Part 1 of this guide focuses on identification, with user-friendly keys to both summer and winter trees and illustrated descriptions of more than one hundred common species.


Shrubs and Vines of Iowa Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781609383978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Iowa Press - April 15th, 2016

Shrubs and vines, often literally overshadowed by trees, also receive much less attention than their taller neighbors, and yet they are very important elements of the region's natural landscape. A guide to these interesting and useful plants, this book identifies all 150 shrubs and vines native to Iowa, along with frequently seen naturalized ones.