Botany

California’s Wild Gardens: A Guide to Favorite Botanical Sites

Author: 
Phyllis M. Faber
Publisher: 
University of California Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–520–24031–6

paper, 231 p., $34.95

For anyone interested in the natural world, it is hard to imagine a more beautiful book than this one. Nor one that takes you on a more fascinating and informative journey through the state of California’s wild gardens. Certainly no state is more diversified in its share of natural wonders, as this book makes abundantly clear — mountains, forest, seacoast, deserts, grasslands — California has them all. If you do nothing more than look at the photographs (and you’ll never see more beautiful wildflower photography!) you’ll love this book.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
1

Herbarium

Author: 
Robyn Stacey and Ashley Hay
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
0–521–84277–8

cloth, 156 p., $75.00

Among Australia’s most acclaimed photographers and equally recognized for her scholarship in the field, Robyn Stacey has brought together an exhibit of her photographic work, showing some of the rare beauty of Australia’s flora, as found in the major herbarium collection of that continent. Through the magic of her lenses, many plants float in space as abstract art. Others, so delicate that time has withered their foliage and flower, are caught in the pose the botanists selected when they were first laid down for storage.

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Volume: 
7
Number: 
3

Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World

Author: 
Londa Schiebinger and Claudia Swan (editors)
Publisher: 
University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: 
2005
ISBN: 
0–812–23827–3

cloth, 346 p., $55.00

Each plant in a garden has a story to tell. Often long forgotten, its past will likely be connected with commerce and politics. Its history may also include tales of felony, if the plant had potential as a cash crop. In this collection of articles from international scholars on colonial botany, science historian Londa Schiebinger and art historian Claudia Swan have revealed the cultural history connected with plant introductions into Europe and its colonial possessions.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
3

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