A BC Historical Writing Award Finalist
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—Heritage House
hundreds of distinctive West Coast trees are revealed in this whimsical and warmly narrated ramble through one of the world’s greatest urban parks.
Legacy of Trees is available in your favourite local, independent bookstore, in the big box stores, and on all BC Ferries. $29.95 paperback | $15.99 ebook.
Bookstores and members of the public can order Legacy of Trees directly from Heritage Group Distribution in Surrey, BC.
If you live in the West End, the Lost Lagoon store in the Denman Mall has it for sale. It can be ordered online from Indigo Books, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.com, whether you live in Canada, the US, Australia, the United Kingdom, or elsewhere.
The Vancouver Public Library has a slew of paperback copies of the book. Request it at your local branch or through an interlibrary loan.
Legacy of Trees is a finalist in the 2021 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards. The winning title will be announced on June 5. Here is the news release.
Legacy of Trees is a British Columbia bestseller, having been in the bestseller list for five weeks.
I held pop-up front door bookstores at 1855 Nelson Street (the block between Denman Street and Comox Street) in Vancouver’s West End, during summer weekends in 2020.
I have been discussing some of the material in Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park with others at various events, sharing some of its content, and telling the stories of the trees of Stanley Park.
Here are some of the ways my book has been featured.
- June 20, 2021: Anny Scoones wrote an article in the Times Colonist, “Vancouver’s mountains, architecture the perfect COVID escape” and recommended Legacy of Trees to her readers.
- September 30, 2020: David Tracey, certified arborist and author of the #1 BC bestseller, Vancouver Tree Book, wrote an in-depth and appreciative review of Legacy of Trees on the Ormsby Review website: “Affinity for Stanley Park Trees.”
- August 11, 2020: The Shift Network, one-hour live conversation with author and dream shaman, Robert Moss, at 9:00 a.m. PDT.
- August 9, 2020: Robert Moss wrote an article in his blog, the Robert Moss Blog, entitled “The Trees in My Life.”
- July 16, 2020: An interview with Jenn Swanson of Careers by Jenn, on training and working as an arborist, a landscape designer, and an urban forester.
- July 5, 2020: On John Ackermann’s Morning Show on News 1130, and on the News 1130 website: “Seeing the forest for the trees in Stanley Park with the help of a new book”
- July 2, 2020: An online webinar with Nature Vancouver.
- June 30, 2020: Book Review by Terry Taylor in Nature Vancouver’s website
- June 27, 2020: #10 in BC Bestsellers, Week of June 27, 2020
- June 26, 2020: An online conversation with Margaret Hume, National Chair of Canadian Authors Association. Our talk was entitled, “Legacy of Trees: Writing and Promoting Books in the Time of COVID-19,” and is available on my author Facebook page.
- June 22, 2020: An online conversation with Bill Stephen, recently retired Superintendent of Urban Forestry, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and author of the foreword in my book. Our talk was title “Legacy of Trees: Caring for Our Parks.” It is also available on my author Facebook page.
- June 19, 2020: “Legacy of Trees takes closer look at Stanley Park’s unique flora” in Vancouver Province
- June 18, 2020: “Legacy of Trees takes closer look at Stanley Park’s unique flora” in Vancouver Sun
- June 9, 2020: An online webinar with Stanley Park Ecology Society. Like the book, I call my PowerPoint Presentation, “Legacy of Trees.”
- June 4, 2020: 49th Shelf Launchpad, which lists my responses to their questions, plus a short video
- June 1, 2020: “Artists Among Us” in The West End Journal
- Spring 2020, publication announcement of Legacy of Trees in Catalist
- Canadian Authors Association website
- My Amazon Author Central page
Here are some links for more information about Legacy of Trees.
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.
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.