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Volume 4, Issue 2 Urban tree management edited by Andreas Roloff
Urban Tree Management

for the Sustainable Development of Green Cities
reviewed by Brian Thompson

In the opening chapter of Urban Tree Management, editor Andreas Roloff introduces the common problems associated with trees growing in the public spaces of cities. He quickly dismisses these by concluding: “…the positive aspects are always likely to prevail. The occasional inconvenience caused by trees should therefore be tolerated.”

This no-nonsense approach is typical of this collection of essays by numerous German experts that Roloff, the chair of Forest Botany at Dresden University of Technology, has collected. Of course – the authors would agree – trees are essential to cities!

While this attitude may represent an especially German viewpoint, I believe it will resonate with local arborists and others who care for the trees in city landscapes. In later chapters, the problems the editor initially presents, and many more, are addressed pragmatically and in considerable detail.

The result is an excellent reference book. All aspects of tree health, maintenance, and selection are considered. Potential issues with governing bodies and conflicts with human activities are discussed.  The educational, social, and public health benefits of urban trees are championed.

This book is somewhat rare in this country, so is for library use only.  However, each chapter includes an extensive list of references, most in English, and many that are readily available in print or online. For another positive review and perspective on the value of this book, see the article by Julian Dunster in the Summer 2016 issue of Pacific Northwest Trees. It's available in the library, or online via the Pacific Northwest International Society of Arboriculture website.

 Plant Answer LineAsk the Plant Answer Line:
Woodwind Reeds and Noxious Weeds

researched by Rebecca Alexander

Q: Synthetic reeds are used in making some woodwind instruments like oboe and bassoon, but what plants are the source for the natural reeds? Can the plants be grown in the Pacific Northwest?

A: There is an article entitled "Wind driven: A bassoonist nurtures reeds from rhizome to riff," by Diana K. Colvin, published July 21, 2005 in The Oregonian. Oregon Symphony bassoonist Mark Eubanks grows Arundo donax in the Portland area. He says that the plants grow best in areas where the temperature does not drop below 10 degrees. They are also sensitive to drying winds and ground freezes. They perform well in areas where grapevines would thrive. His reed-making business, Arundo Reeds and Cane, has since been sold, but the company website offers a history of how Eubanks started it. ...

This plant has been used for woodwind reeds for quite some time. According to "Arundo donax: Source of musical reeds and industrial cellulose" by Robert Perdue Jr. (Economic Botany, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 368-404), it may have been used in making flutes shortly after the late Stone Age.

The invasiveness of Arundo donax is essential to take into consideration. It is on Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board's quarantine list. It is also considered invasive in many other parts of the country, including California. If you can salvage reeds that are being removed from a natural area and put them to musical use, so much the better. But I cannot recommend cultivating a stand of Arundo donax for any purpose.  

This is an excerpt. Read the full question and answer in our Gardening Answers Knowledgebase online.

Anna Klauder poppy photoThrough the Eye of a Weaver
Miller Library exhibit February 2 through 27 

Weaver and iPhone photographer Anna Klauder shares images from her garden celebrating the light, texture, and color that inspire her. With her iPhone, and not focused on photo settings and camera gear, Anna is free to capture life as she finds it--in all its natural splendor. The exhibit includes a selection of her weavings, which also reflect her appreciation of the interplay of texture, pattern, and color.

The artist invites you to an opening reception here in the library Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 7 pm.

New to the Library
Islamic gardens and landscapesThe long, long life of treesBorn to be WildChinook & Chanterelle: poemsThe art of the Islamic garden / Emma Clark.Hugh Johnson in the garden : the best garden diary in our tiGardening with foliage first : 127 dazzling combinations thaMary McMurtrie's country garden flowers / Timothy Clark.Lessons from great gardeners : forty gardening icons and wha
Roberto Burle Marx : Brazilian modernist (2016)DeepestRootsLandscapes of exclusion : state parks and Jim Crow in the AmA Bay Area guide to orchids and their cultureThe botanical treasury : celebrating 40 of the world's mostA little bit of dirt : 55+ science and art activities to recLandskipping : painters, ploughmen and places / Anna Pavord.Should trees have standing? : law, morality, and the environA nest is noisyA garden for life: Mary Greig & the Royston rhododendronDiana's White House garden / Elisa Carbone ; illustrated byDu Iz Tak?Stories from the Leopold shack : Sand County revisited / EstDig in! / words by Cindy Jenson-Elliott ; dirt by Mary PeterThe botanical wall chart : art from the golden age of scientBirds of the Pacific Northwest : a photographic guide / Tom

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