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It may surprise you to learn that we are not the first Oak...
Shaun Haddock | Dec 15, 2018
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This blog post focuses on the day and a half we spent in...
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This blog entry focuses on the Engelmann oak grove at Los...
Charles Snyers | Dec 15, 2018

Plant Focus

For this Species Spotlight we train our follow spot on an oak that is quite a star of the quercine scene: Quercus hypoleucoides (stage name...

An exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) that will be of interest to IOS members: Mark Frith's breath-taking portraits highlight the architectural beauty of tree trunks, bark and branches in winter. This series of 20 highly intricate, large scale graphite drawings by Mark Frith depicts Britain’s most characterful veteran oaks, many of which are more than 1,000 years old. 

2018 Pre-Conference Day Trips

On Sunday, October 21, prior to the evening Opening Reception that kicked off the Conference, participants could choose one of three Day Trips to nearby destinations. Below are brief reports of these outings, kindly provided by members who participated in each one.

In Memoriam: Doug McCreary

Doug McCreary

Doug McCreary, long-time member of the IOS, died earlier this year.

Oaks in Dante's Divine Comedy

Over the first hundred days of 2018 I have read Dante’s Divine Comedy, as part of a mass-reading organized on Twitter by Pablo Maurette, an Argentine Literature Professor and author at the University of Chicago. Thousands of readers spread across the globe read one canto per day of the classic poem, and exchanged comments and engaged in debates under the hashtag #Dante2018. Oaks are not absent...

Re-Oaking Silicon Valley

Allan Taylor sent me a link to an article describing efforts to bring back the oaks to Silicon Valley.

Nursery News

This year I have received an unprecedented demand for oaks. This is exhilarating and exciting. One client bought 15 Quercus lobata. Another took about 50 oaks to Ireland. Another from Italy enquired for 120 different oaks in twos and threes. An enquiry for 60 oaks has just come in. It is very encouraging that oaks are becoming so important and that they are wanted in small quantities and large.

The Himalayan Oak Trust

It sounds like something out of science fiction, but David Cranwell has managed to create a reality where an acorn planted in New Zealand grows into 50 oaks in the Indian Himalayas.

Stretching the Rules

An oak which breaks the rules... Do oaks have rules? Well, I think so: the rule of survival of the fittest implies that all unnecessary branch structure is unaffordably costly in resources – the aim of a tree should be to display the maximum leaf area for photosynthesis attached to the minimum possible structure. And the culprit in question? Quercus saltillensis.

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