Legacy of Trees

Describing Stanley Park through the stories of its trees, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park was published by Heritage House of Victoria in Spring 2020 as an 8.5″ x 9″ glossy paperback with around 250 photos in under 300 pages.

The history and botanical properties of
hundreds of distinctive West Coast trees are revealed in this whimsical and warmly narrated ramble through one of the world’s greatest urban parks.

—Heritage House

Legacy of Trees is available in your favourite local bookstore, in the big box stores, and on all BC Ferries.

The Vancouver Public Library has ordered a slew of paperback copies of the book, and some branches are now reopening.

The book can be ordered online from Indigo Books, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.com, whether you live in Canada, the US, Australia, or the United Kingdom.

If you happen to live near me, in Vancouver’s West End, you might want to walk past 1855 Nelson Street (the block between Denman Street and Comox Street) on these summer weekends, rain or shine, and purchase directly from me at my pop-up front door bookstore on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are short: Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.; Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Legacy of Trees is in its third week as a British Columbia bestseller.

I will be discussing some of the material in Legacy of Trees with others in upcoming events, talking about some of its content, and the stories of the trees of Stanley Park.

Several talks are complete.

Information about Legacy of Trees is showing up in a number of places and there are more to come:

I’ve created a hashtag to use on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: #legacyoftrees and #LegacyofTrees for greater legibility.

Available from your favourite bookstore or online retailer. $29.95 paperback | $15.99 ebook

Legacy of Trees excerpt

Legacy of Trees info sheet

Photos of Nina Shoroplova

Author bio for Nina Shoroplova

More is written about Legacy of Trees at Heritage House.

Seventeen photos from the interior of Legacy of Trees are available. If you are planning to publish an article about Legacy of Trees and would like access to these photographs, please email Leslie@HeritageHouse.ca.

An English Oak is Featured in Chapter 14: “An Oak at Brockton Oval”

Here’s an image of the King Edward VII’s English oak that was planted on August 9, 1902 by the Brockton Point Association.

English oak that was planted on King Edward VII’s Coronation Day on August 9, 1902
Instead of planning a book launch for Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park,
I thought I might make a couple of videos in Stanley Park of some of the trees featured in the book.
This is the King Edward VII English oak (Quercus robur) at Brockton Point.
Just to let you know, the person running the oval is Jasper.

Late October 2019

Photographer and friend Silmara Emde and I had a wonderful afternoon strolling Stanley Park in late October 2019.

This picture below is of me with the first tree that led me to research the history of the trees of Stanley Park. It’s the Queen Elizabeth Oak in the Putting Green.

The plaque for this tree intrigued me and my research began.
Photographer, Silmara Emde of the Orange Lamphouse Studio

Late March 2019

Park goers are enjoying late March beside Lost Lagoon, just as they do every year.
The weeping willows are greening up.