Diana Beresford-Kroeger will read from The Sweetness of a Simple Life: Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre.

Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a renowned botanist and medical biochemist that is passionate about protecting and growing trees. Her research draws on ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality and world medicines, joining seemingly divergent disciplines into a unified philosophy of life. Although she is a self-defined “renegade scientist,” her books are peer-reviewed and much admired by the legendary E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s pre-eminent biologists. Much of her work is done in the 60 hectare forest in Ontario that she and her husband own with its more than 100 species of rare and endangered trees.

Beresford-Kroeger’s seventh book, The Sweetness of a Simple Life, combines her precise yet poetic style with a gift for storytelling nurtured during her childhood in Ireland. It reveals little-known facts about the properties of plants along with ways people can improve their lives by interacting more consciously with nature. Her best-selling previous books include The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet, Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, A Garden for Life and Time Will Tell. Her newest project, The Ten Trees That Can Save the World, includes television programming, an interactive educational website and a feature documentary shot in some of the world’s ancient forests. “You will never look at a tree in the same way again,” she promises. As part of her visit to UNB Saint John, Dr. Beresford-Kroeger will be meeting with the student Green Society and giving a Biology 6000 lecture.

The reading is hosted by the Lorenzo Reading Series and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Alison Hughes at (506) 654-3753 or email aehughes@unb.ca.

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