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A Visit with Renowned Tree Scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

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Photo for The Tyee by Colin Rowe.

The Tyee’s Andrew Nikiforuk spends two days with the globally bestselling botanist, author and filmmaker. Their conversation, so rich it merits five parts, ranges from plant medicine to climate change to healing the planet and the human heart.

In This Series

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Talking with the Botanist Who Talks to Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is famed for her writing on nature. We visited her home, drank whiskey, savoured her genius. Part one.

Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Feb 2020


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Diana Beresford-Kroeger on the Flawed Thinking that Got Us to Climate Crisis

Our conversation with the renowned botanist turns to fire, money and manual work.

Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Feb 2020


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‘Mother Trees’ and Diana Beresford-Kroeger: A Special Relationship

At 75, the noted scientist still finds ‘there is never a day without learning in the forest.’ Part three of our visit.

Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Feb 2020


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True Freedom? Diana Beresford-Kroeger Calls It ‘Saoirse’

The ancient Celtic word carries layers of meanings for today. Latest in our visit with the famed botanist.

Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Feb 2020


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If We Plant Billions of Trees to Save Us, They Must Be Native Trees

Do it right, says Diana Beresford-Kroeger, who raised the idea 21 years ago. Last in a series sprouting from our visit to her home.

Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Feb 2020


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