Trees 4 Seasons – A Visual Guide

 …is new book that visually describes the basic form, components, and seasonal changes of 79 of our most common, useful, and beloved deciduous trees, in an attractive and user-friendly format.

Read an overview of this book about trees in the four seasons to learn more. Daniel Weinbach, the author and a professional landscape architect, believes that Trees 4 Seasons will be an invaluable reference guide for the following:

How This Book Came About

Trees 4 Seasons – A Visual Guide was 30 years in the making.  For each tree, a suitable specimen with appropriate background had to be located, often in one of Chicago’s excellent botanic gardens or parks, but sometimes far afield.  On a sunny day, Dan Weinbach photographed the tree from his carefully selected location. If he had a winner, he then return to the exact spot (just as carefully recorded) to photograph the tree in either three or – if a flowering species – four seasons.

Trees 4 Seasons book

Often- indeed, more often than not- the weather did not cooperate, or a given tree lacked brilliant spring flowers or good fall color a particular year.  An entire year or more could be lost before there was another opportunity for seasonal photography. In many cases, he had successfully assembled three good photographs, lacking only a fourth. When he returned, he sometimes found “his tree” either cut down or brutally pruned, rendering his previous work useless.  There was nothing to do but restart the process with the hunt for a new specimen.

In spite of the challenges, he enjoyed every moment of this 30-year process. Dan hopes that the results are both a useful reference and a celebration for those who love trees.