cloth, 380 p., $30.95
Those who attended the Plant Exploration Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden in the spring of 1999 were captivated by the images and information shared by Dan Hinkley, owner of Heronswood Nursery, about his collecting trips to remote areas of our planet. Now Mr. Hinkley has put all of that information — and more — into this splendid book, replete with gorgeous color photographs and a sophisticated, witty and clearly written text. Many of the botanical treasures are available from Heronswood, and enthusiasts will anxiously await the release of others as his supply increases. Armchair botanists can vicariously share his excitement of exploring the far reaches of Earth with this expert guide. This is a marvelous volume of permanent value that belongs in the libraries of all who eschew the ordinary.
— John Swenson