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Talk | Henrik Sjöman & Arit Anderson: The Essential Tree Selection Guide

Join Henrik Sjöman & Arit Anderson, for an evening of discussion about their new book, The Essential Tree Selection Guide, hosted by Johanna Gibbons

There has never been a better time to plant trees. They play a vital role in the health of the natural world, provide life-giving oxygen, and when mature, the right tree in the right place, is imperative for 21st-century living.

Award-winning landscape architect Johanna Gibbons, of J&L Gibbons, talks to tree expert Henrik Sjöman and passionate environmental campaigner Arit Anderson about what makes their new approach to selecting trees such a game changer.  What are ecosystem services and why are they so valuable? What role can trees play during rising temperatures, increasing flooding and pollution, and the race to capture carbon?  How can we identify the natural resilience of trees to particular conditions to make better choices for our gardens and landscapes?

Based on decades of research, the book’s plant directory lists more than 540 species and varieties which will be the go-to trees of the future. Discover which of these are the best in our changing climate and pick up valuable advice for tree planting projects of all sizes.


  • Henrik Sjöman

    Henrik Sjöman

    Henrik Sjöman is Scientific Curator at Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a Senior Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He specializes in how trees deliver ecosystem services in urban landscapes and the practical applications of this in terms of diversifying the urban treescape. Henrik communicates his research through numerous publications and by lecturing to urban planners, landscape architects, garden designers and tree nurseries throughout the world.

  • Arit Anderson

    Arit Anderson

    Arit Anderson studied garden design at Capel Manor College and rose quickly to success at RHS Chelsea 2013 winning the Fresh Talent category followed by a Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court in 2016 for her own show garden which highlighted the need for renewable energy. She is a presenter for BBC Gardeners' World, hosts a popular podcast 'Growing Greener' and writes for national publications all of which enable her to open up the debate about the future of gardening in a changing climate to a wide audience.

  • Johanna Gibbons

    Johanna Gibbons

    Johanna Gibbons RDI FLI FRSA
    Landscape Architect, Founding Partner J&L Gibbons

    Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect, Royal Designer of Industry, Fellow of the Landscape Institute and Commissioner with The Jersey Architectural Commission. Jo is Founding Partner of Landscape Architectural practice J & L Gibbons, established in 1986, and co-founder of social enterprise, Landscape Learn. She is a member of various advisory panels including Historic England, The Forestry Commission and The World Forum on Urban Forests. She is a core Research Partner of Urban Mind, a cross-disciplinary project lead by Kings College London. Jo lectures widely and her most recent publication is ‘Conversations on Urban Forestry’. In 2019 Jo was awarded Royal Designer of Industry (RDI) by the RSA for her ‘pioneering and influential work combining design with activism, education and professional practice’.

Image: Henrik Sjöman