Wild flowers

Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters: Hiking Through the Seasons

Author: 
Betty Vos Hemstad
Publisher: 
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication Date: 
2009
ISBN: 
978–0–8535–1647–1

paper, 272 pp., $22.95

This handy guide, created by nature photographer Betty Vos Hemstad, is filled with spectacular photographs and an informative narrative that covers the botany, habitat, usage, and legends connected with 120 wildflowers of the region. Organized according to seasonal bloom, the pages are colorfully keyed to the hue of the individual flower portrayed, for ease in identification. The author’s literary style and the beauty of this work make for pleasurable reading for both armchair travelers and touring nature lovers.

Volume: 
11
Number: 
4

A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region

Author: 
Bruce A. Sorrie
Publisher: 
University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–807–87186–7

paper, 378 pp., $25.00

The Sandhills region of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia is the subject of this fine volume in the Southern Gateways guide series from the University of North Carolina Press. The Sandhills comprise a narrow strip of land between the inner coastal area and Appalachians, containing nine distinct natural habitats. It is characterized by gently rolling hills, poor sandy soil, and an abundance of creeks and small rivers. It is known for longleaf pine and wiregrass with a botanically diverse community of more than 100 plant species.

 

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Volume: 
13
Number: 
6

Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont

Author: 
Timothy P. Spira
Publisher: 
University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–807–87172–0

paper, 521 pp., $26.00

Spira has written a guidebook that is easy to use for identification and as a reference to the plants of the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. He distinguishes the Piedmont area especially, the land below and between the Appalachians and the coastal plain, an area most like the Midwest savannas, but with gentler temperatures and familiar plants.

Volume: 
13
Number: 
6

Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park

Author: 
Ann and Rob Simpson
Publisher: 
Falcon Guides
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–0–762–76436–5

paper, 143 pp., $12.95

This is an indispensable, pocket-sized guide to the wildflowers in the Shenandoah National Park, in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, near Washington, D.C. This guide identifies more than 125 wildflowers along the 100–mile meandering Appalachian Trail. The text is organized by flower color, with photographs and a description of each plant, with a helpful ruler on the back cover.

If you plan a hike in the Shenandoah Park, this work should be in your backpack.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

 

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Volume: 
14
Number: 
1

Wildflowers

Author: 
Marfe Ferguson Delano
Publisher: 
National Geographic Society
Publication Date: 
2002
ISBN: 
0-792-26612-9

paper, 80 p., $5.95

This wonderful guide to wildflowers need not be limited to those ages 6 to 10! Featuring 34 wildflowers commonly found in the United States, this handy guide can delight and inform anyone interested in wildflowers. Learn why cows don't eat buttercups, why Indians fed blazing star flowers to their horses, and how the lupine got its name.

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Volume: 
5
Number: 
3

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