Finding the Mother Tree
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Finding the Mother Tree

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Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest

By Suzanne Simard

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest–a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.

In her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths – that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complex, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

New York Times Bestseller • One of the Best Books of the Year: TIME, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

This book promises to change our understanding about what is really going on in the forest, and other pressing mysteries about the real world.” - Michael Pollan
The interplay of personal narrative, scientific insights, and the amazing revelations about the life of the forest make a compelling story. These are stories that the world needs to hear.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer - Author of Braiding Sweetgrass