Monday, March 19, 2012
1) Gracie, Carol. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History. 2012. Princeton University Press. Hardbound: 272 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: This exquisitely illustrated volume provides an in-depth look at spring-blooming wildflowers of the Northeast, from old favorites to lesser-known species. Featuring more than 500 full-color photos in a stunning large-sized format, the book delves deep into the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 plant species. The rich narrative covers topics such as the naming of wildflowers; the reasons for taxonomic changes; pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds; uses by Native Americans; related species in other parts of the world; herbivores, plant pathogens, and pests; medicinal uses; and wildflower references in history, literature, and art. The photos capture the beauty of these plants and also illustrate the concepts discussed in the text.
A book unlike any other, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast combines the latest scientific research with an accessible, entertaining style, making it the ideal volume for readers of all levels of expertise. This title features:
*Showcases the Northeast's most spectacular spring-blooming wildflowers
*Features more than 500 full-color photos
*Covers the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 species
*Combines the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read style
*Offers something new for seasoned botanists as well as armchair naturalists
RECOMMENDATION: A useful reference book for the wildflowers of the region.