The invention of nature

Adkins Arboretum is fortunate to have hosted author Andrea Wulf. She has become a friend after sharing the ideas from her books The Brother Gardeners, Founding Gardeners, and Chasing Venus.

Her latest work is The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World.  Colin Thubron recently reviewed the book for The New York Times Sunday Book Reviewclick here to read the review.


Humboldt, Wulf writes, “was the first to explain the fundamental functions of the forest for the ecosystem and climate: the trees’ ability to store water and to enrich the atmosphere with moisture, their protection of the soil, and their cooling effect. He also talked about the impact of trees on the climate through their release of oxygen. The effects of the human species’ intervention were already incalculable, Humboldt insisted, and could become catastrophic if they continued to disturb the world so brutally.”

The Arboretum’s gift shop shelves have copies of the book for your reading pleasure.

By Robyn Affron
Visitor Services Coordinator


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