cloth, 152 p., $49.95
Seventy-two color plates, based on original paintings by Maryrose Wampler, make this coffee table book on Indiana's trees come alive. Describing about 100 different trees found in Indiana is not easy, but the plates, with panoramic and detailed views of each tree, provide an excellent counterpoint to author Fred Wampler's informative text. Particular attention is paid to uncommon trees or those with restricted ranges, such as in the dunes area south of Lake Michigan, with its paper and gray birch.
The author points out in his introduction that trees included in the text are natural to Indiana, usually reach a height of 20 feet or more, feature a single trunk and are likely to be noted in the field because of their physical presence and attractiveness. Unfortunately, the format of this book means that smaller, more portable guides with less of a focus on Indiana will be used in the field. Nevertheless, this book will be welcomed by those who appreciate both botanical art and crisp descriptions of their favorite trees.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden