However for some, Herbert Guthrie-Smith is considered the author of one of the finest pieces of nature writing anywhere in the English language.
Associate Professor Alex Calder, Head of English, Drama and Writing Studies at the University of Auckland, who will be in Hawke’s Bay as guest speaker at an event to celebrate the opening of the Guthrie-Smith Tutira 20,000 tree Arboretum, says that Guthrie-Smith in his book
Tutira, was not just an observer of the world of plants and animals, he chronicled the interaction with the human
“He was one of the first environmental historical writers and is a key person to turn to, to understand why rural New Zealand looks and is the way it is,” says Mr Calder.
Read the remainder of the Guthrie-Smith press release.
From 24 November 2013 the Guthrie-Smith Arboretum is open Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Entry is $10 per person, with school children free. (Cash only as no EFTPos available).
Visit the Guthrie-Smith website here for more information.