Overleaf is a delightful and thought provoking book dedicated to foliage. Susan Ogilvy's 74 delicate and delightful paintings are a study of that most obvious but smallest coherent part of a tree - the leaf. The paintings of both sides of the leaves of 37 trees found across the temperate regions of Europe and North America are uncluttered and beautiful portraits that will appear akin to everlasting pressing.
Richard Ogilvy's thought provoking text reflects on the wonderful, detail complexity of our woodlands and forest. For each tree he has penned a concise portrait - how it relates to the environment, how big it grows, how fast it grows, where it grows, the dependent birds, insects and fungi, the mythology, and the uses we make of the timber.
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 230 x 210 x 25 mm
Queen Victoria liked to fuel her bedroom fire with beech, the Scot's Pine feeds three-hundred plant-munching invertebrates and Bird Cherry bark was consumed as a stomach pain soothing jelly in the Middle Ages. Overleaf (Kew Publishing) by Richard and Susan Ogilvy pays homage to the tree in a series of botanical illustrations and fascinating, fact-filled descriptions. Susan Ogilvy's tackles 37 different trees found across Europe and North America in a series of delicate paintings of both sides of a leaf, while forester and gardener Richard Ogilvy writes a concise portrait to accompany each illustration. 'I think that I shall never see / a poem as lovely as a tree', wrote Joyce Kilmer. We couldn't agree more. * Country and Tow House *