decorated boards, 203 pp., $45.00
Cloth, 483 pp., $155.00
Focusing on endangered plants, this technical volume directs attention to the destruction of some of the most beautiful and fragrant endangered plants in the world. Scientists have developed the means to capture their odor, so that the scent of vanishing flora will remain, possibly reminding mankind of their destructive forces on vanishing beauty. The text covers the methods and chemical formulas to capture the fragrances of such flora around the world.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
cloth, 226 pp., $19.95
As a youngster, I spent some of my summers in Plaquemines Parish south and east of New Orleans and in Washington Parish near Bogalusa. I was overwhelmed by the exotic fauna and flora of Louisiana, and dreamed about a book like this work. I read Harnett Kane’s Bayous of Louisiana (New York: Morrow, 1943) literally until it disintegrated, but Kane’s was more historical and less zoological and botanical than Bayou-Diversity.