paper, 192 pp., $28.00
Decorated boards, 223 pp., $29.95.
How wonderful are plants! That is the theme of this compilation of stories of the usefulness of 50 remarkable plants. Attractively illustrated, the text contains short essays on plants that provide sustenance, medicine, fragrance, spice, color, clothing, and much more. Lest we forget, the common sweet pea provided the means for establishing the scientific field of genetics. This marvelous collection of tales deserves to be read and enjoyed.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden