When: Fri., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. 2013
In his new book, Trees in Paradise: A California History, Jared Farmer notes, “California’s genius may be green, but its underlying beauty is brown.” In fact, California as we know now it would be unrecognizable to early pioneers. Before earning its reputation as the Golden State, California was once a largely treeless landscape. To understand the ecological evolution of the state, Farmer traces the history of how settlers planted millions of acres of nonnative plants, including eucalyptus and palm trees, which ended up becoming some of California’s most iconic greenery. Join Farmer, a professor of history at Stony Brook University, at Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) as he presents a unique look at how our landscape was shaped.