Peter Wohlleben - The Power of Trees (Marin Art and Garden Center)

Peter Wohlleben

The Power of Trees

Thurs., May 4, 2023 • 1:00pm PT
Marin Art & Garden Center • Free Event

This event will be hosted at Redwood Amphitheater, Marin Art and Garden Center. Please contact with questions.

Join us for a free talk in the outdoor Redwood Amphitheater with internationally bestselling author Peter Wohlleben, whose powerful follow-up to The Hidden Life of Trees is a book that will deepen our understanding of ancient forests, reaffirm our dependence on trees, and celebrate their ability to survive human caused climate change.

Light refreshments and book sale and signing will follow the talk. Dress in layers and bring a cushion for this rustic outdoor space.


An illuminating manifesto on ancient forests: how they adapt to climate change by passing their wisdom through generations, and why our future lies in protecting them.

In his beloved book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben revealed astonishing discoveries about the social networks of trees and how they communicate. Now, in The Power of Trees, he turns to their future, with a searing critique of forestry management, tree planting, and the exploitation of old growth forests.

As human-caused climate change devastates the planet, forests play a critical role in keeping it habitable. While politicians and business leaders would have us believe that cutting down forests can be offset by mass tree planting, Wohlleben offers a warning: many tree planting schemes lead to ecological disaster. Not only are these trees more susceptible to disease, flooding, fires, and landslides, we need to understand that forests are more than simply a collection of trees. Instead, they are ecosystems that consist of thousands of species, from animals to fungi and bacteria. The way to save trees, and ourselves? Step aside and let forests — which are naturally better equipped to face environmental challenges — to heal themselves.

With the warmth and wonder familiar to readers from his previous books, Wohlleben also shares emerging scientific research about how forests shape climates both locally and across continents; that trees adapt to changing environmental conditions through passing knowledge down to their offspring; and how old growth may in fact have the most survival strategies for climate change.

At the heart of The Power of Trees lies Wohlleben's passionate plea: that our survival is dependent on trusting ancient forests, and allowing them to thrive.

Peter Wohlleben is the author of several books about the natural world, including The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Life of Animals, and The Heartbeat of Trees. His books for children include Can You Hear the Trees Talking?, Do You Know Where the Animals Live?, and Peter and the Tree Children. A longtime former forester, Wohlleben runs a forest academy in Germany that supports sustainable forest management and teaches adults and children about the many wonders of the forest. To learn more about Peter and his books, visit his website at

Jane Billinghurst (translator, not appearing) is a nature lover, master gardener, editor, translator, and author of six books. She has translated and edited several books by Peter Wohlleben, including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, next to 2,800 acres of community forest lands.


Peter Wohlleben photo courtesy of the author



Redwood Amphitheater
Marin Art and Garden Center
The Power of Trees: How Ancient Forests Can Save Us If We Let Them By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst (Editor), Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771647748
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Published: Greystone Books - May 2nd, 2023