decorated boards, 108 pp., $40.00.
The author invites the reader to view captivating photographs of olive groves on his family farm in Greece. On the first of May, the landscape is filled with blooming flowers, butterflies, and bees. It is a wondrous place, for the olive oil produced at the end of the year “captures the aromas and the magic of an enchanted environment.” Located near Sparta, the site is of great antiquity, containing a wealth of medicinal herbs, noted by Theophrastus, Dioscorides, and others. Attractive images of individual flowers are accompanied by scientific descriptions and selected classical excerpts. The text in this unique work is in both Greek and English, transporting the reader back in time to the initial efforts by father of botany, Theophrastus.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden