Elna Venter's book Trees of the Garden Route: Mossel Bay to Storms River, is now in its se-cond print.
GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - A superb field guide written by a remarkable person, Elna Venter, was recently re-released. The guide, Trees of the Garden Route: Mossel Bay to Storms River, is an easy tree guide for people who would like to get to know the trees of this region, whether they are experienced botanists or amateurs.
Naas Steenkamp, past President of the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA and past Chairman of SANParks writes in the foreword:
"The unique tree key which is used in the book is very visual and was developed by Elna Venter, a tree enthusiast who served on the central committee of the Dendrological Society of SA intermittently between 2000 and 2012.
"She was also a member of the local committee of the Outeniqua branch of the society and lived in Mossel Bay until her death. She devoted the last ten years of her life to rounding off the present work. Its 256 pages cover 110 species of indigenous trees with 1800 full-colour photographs of the trees, their trunks, leaves and fruit, all taken by the author herself.
"Had Elna Venter lived a little longer, we might have learned of her discovery of the intricate web of relationships between life forms dependent on her well-beloved trees, insects, birds, spiders, mammals and other plant life such as the tree orchids, creepers and fungi. She would no doubt also have wanted to tell us more about the significance of the medicinal value of many trees for humans, but more too about the need for awareness of the rampant ecological destruction from human pressures, from alien plant infestation, from erosion, from indifference. But her achievement is fulfilment enough for one life."
The first edition of the book was sold out in five months and the second edition (2012) is available at email@example.com.