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Collins Botanical Bible - A Practical Guide to Wild and Garden Plants (Hardcover): Sonya Patel Ellis Collins Botanical Bible - A Practical Guide to Wild and Garden Plants (Hardcover)
Sonya Patel Ellis
R921 R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Save R267 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Botanical Bible tells the story of plants and flowers, beginning with an overview of the plant kingdom and the basics of botany, then offering strategies for gardening with purpose. Later chapters introduce seasonal eating, the healing properties of plants and the world of botanical art. This stunning gift book is part history, part science, part beauty book, part cookbook and part art book. It will appeal to anyone wanting to use plants and flowers in modern life, whether they are an accomplished gardener or are simply yearning for a more natural life. This comprehensive guide to plants, flowers and botanicals covers a host of practical uses, features vintage illustrations alongside the work of current artists, and is sure to be an inspiration to anyone interested in the natural world.

Botanicum (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Kathy Willis Botanicum (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Kathy Willis; Illustrated by Katie Scott; Translated by Ria Crafford
R450 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R24 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Botanicum is ín pragtige volkleur boek wat ín hele klomp raaisels om plante onthul. Hoe het die eerste plante gelyk? Wanneer het die eerste woude gevorm? Wanneer het plante begin blomme dra? Watter plante is die grootste, kleinste, vreemdste, seldsaamste, lelikste en stinkste op aarde? In Botanicum kan jy die mees eksotiese en veemdste plante bymekaar sien. Leer hoe plante al miljoene jare langer as ons bestaan en fassinerede dinge soos hoekom party plante groen is en ander nie en hoe party plante in water leef en ander in die lug hang sonder enige kontak met die grond. Kom ontdek binne Botanicum die wonderlike planteryk in sy kleurryke, verrassende glorie.

2020 Pest Control for Professional Turfgrass Managers (Paperback): The University of North Carolina Press 2020 Pest Control for Professional Turfgrass Managers (Paperback)
The University of North Carolina Press
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

2020 Pest Control for Professional Turfgrass Managers contains the latest information on pesticides used to control turfgrass pests. This volume covers a wide array of topics including commercial turf insects; chemical weed control; tolerance of established cool-season and warm-season turfgrasses to herbicides; controlling broadleaf weeds; turfgrass diseases; nematicides for turf; growth regulators; aquatic weed control; and integrated pest management. Updated annually, this is a valuable resource for the North Carolina turfgrass industry, extension agents, and other professionals who maintain athletic fields, golf courses, lawns, parks, and other landscapes that feature turfgrass.

Botany of Gin, The (Hardcover): Chris Thorogood, Simon Hiscock Botany of Gin, The (Hardcover)
Chris Thorogood, Simon Hiscock
R412 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From its roots in ancient Greek herbal medicine, the popular spirit we now know as gin was established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century as a juniper-infused tincture to cure fevers. It gained notoriety during the London 'gin craze' in the eighteenth century before enjoying a recent resurgence and a profusion of new botanical flavourings. Garnished with sumptuous illustrations depicting the plants that tell the story of this complex and iconic drink, this enticing book delves into the botany of gin from root to branch. A diverse assortment of aromatic plants from around the world have been used in the production of gin over the course of several centuries. Each combination of botanicals yields a unique flavour profile that equates to more than the sum of its parts. Understanding the different types of formulation, and the main groups of plants used therein, is central to appreciating the drink's complexities and subtleties. As this book's extraordinary range of featured ingredients shows, gin is a quintessentially botanical beverage with a rich history like no other.

Native Flora of Louisiana (Hardcover): Margaret Stones Native Flora of Louisiana (Hardcover)
Margaret Stones
R9,342 Discovery Miles 93 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Praised as one of the most accomplished botanical artists of the twentieth century, Margaret Stones served as the principal illustrator for Curtis's Botanical Magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for twenty-five years. A recipient of the Silver and Gold Royal Horticultural Society Veitch Memorial Medals and the Garden Club of America's Eloise Payne Luquer Medal, Stones established a new standard for botanical illustration during her long career. In 1975, Louisiana State University chancellor Paul W. Murrill commissioned Stones to create a series of drawings of native Louisiana plants and described the outcome of that project as ""a modern-day equivalent of John James Audubon's Birds of America."" Stones's illustrations of Louisiana's native flora- eventually totaling over 200 exquisite watercolor drawings- inspired the 1980 LSU Press publication of a large folio of twelve loose prints and, in 1991, the release of Flora of Louisiana: Watercolor Drawings by Margaret Stones. Select originals composed a traveling exhibition hosted by numerous venues including the Louisiana State Museum; the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Decades after their completion, Stones's drawings of Louisiana flora remain on display in museums and serve as an exceptional resource in the LSU Libraries' Special Collections. Treasured by gardeners, art collectors, and botanists in and out of Louisiana, this contribution to Stones's oeuvre highlights the diversity of endemic plant species in southeastern North America and along the Gulf Coast. Drawn only from fresh plants gathered under the guidance of LSU professor Lowell E. Urbatsch, Stones's detailed and captivating depictions remain a lasting and unprecedented study of the state's natural beauty. This new edition offers the first complete collection of Stones's Louisiana illustrations on archival, acid-free paper, reproduced in elegant, oversize prints. Paired with botanical descriptions by Urbatsch, these exceptional museum-quality reproductions of the artist's watercolors provide intimate access to the precision and delicacy that define Stones's mastery.

Reinventing Hoodia - Peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa (Paperback): Laura A. Foster Reinventing Hoodia - Peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa (Paperback)
Laura A. Foster 1
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Native to the Kalahari Desert, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of indigenous San peoples to have a variety of uses: to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. In the global North, it is known as a natural appetite suppressant, a former star of the booming diet industry. In Reinventing Hoodia, Laura Foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership, pharmaceutical research, the self-determination efforts of indigenous San peoples, contractual benefit sharing, commercial development as an herbal supplement, and bioprospecting legislation. Using a feminist decolonial technoscience approach, Foster argues that although patent law is inherently racialized, gendered, and Western, it offered opportunities for indigenous San peoples, South African scientists, and Hoodia growers to make claims for belonging within the shifting politics of South Africa. This radical interdisciplinary and intersectional account of the multiple materialities of Hoodia illuminates the connections between law, science, and the marketplace, while demonstrating how these domains value certain forms of knowledge and matter differently.

Papyrus - The Plant that Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars (Hardcover): John Gaudet Papyrus - The Plant that Changed the World: From Ancient Egypt to Today's Water Wars (Hardcover)
John Gaudet
R565 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R170 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From ancient Pharaohs to 21st Century water wars, papyrus is a unique plant that is still one of the fastest growing plant species on earth. It produces its own "soil"-a peaty, matrix that floats on water-and its stems inspired the fluted columns of the ancient Greeks. In ancient Egypt, the papyrus bounty from the Nile delta provided not just paper for record keeping-instrumental to the development of civilization-but food, fuel and boats. Disastrous weather in the 6th Century caused famines and plagues that almost wiped out civilization in the west, but it was papyrus paper in scrolls and codices that kept the record of our early days and allowed the thread of history to remain unbroken. The sworn enemy of oblivion and the guardian of our immortality it came to our rescue then and will again. Today, it is not just a curious relic of our ancient past, but a rescuing force for modern ecological and societal blight. In an ironic twist, Egypt is faced with enormous pollution loads that forces them to import food supplies, and yet papyrus is one of the most effective and efficient natural pollution filters known to man. Papyrus was the key in stemming the devastation to the Sea of Galilee and Jordan River from raging peat fires (that last for years), heavy metal pollution in the Zambezi River Copperbelt and the papyrus laden shores of Lake Victoria-which provides water to more than 30 million people-will be crucial as the global drying of the climate continues. 8 page insert, illustrations throughout.

Hedgerow & Wildlife - Guide to Animals and Plants of the Hedgerow (Hardcover): Jane Eastoe Hedgerow & Wildlife - Guide to Animals and Plants of the Hedgerow (Hardcover)
Jane Eastoe
R200 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R49 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hedgerows are one of the richest sources of wildlife in Britain. They have evolved over centuries (18th and 19th centuries predominantly but some date from pre-Roman times), and their importance is still vital today. This book offers an insight into hedgerow wildlife: how they developed (and managed by man), how to identify different types, and what plants, birds, insects and small mammals can be found inside.A mixed hedge, for example containing species such as elder, blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, wild cherrry and field maple, is a refuge for wildlife: brimstone and peacock butterflies; long-tailed tits, wrens, hedge sparrows, blackbirds and chaffinches; bankvoles and wood mice; and of course the seven-spot ladybird. The plant life is equally as rich: the dog rose, the common violet, bluebell, garlic mustard and the hartstongue fern.This quintessential part of the English landscape can be enjoyed all the more with this little guide to the wildlife wonders inside the hedgerows.This is a selection of the key wildlife inside the British hedgerow. It covers everything from butterflies to bank voles, and hedgehogs to hoverflies. It is a guide to the plants and trees of hedgerows. It includes the most common wild food to be foraged in hedgerows.

Wildflowers of the Llano Estacado (Hardcover): Francis L Rose, Russell Strandtmann Wildflowers of the Llano Estacado (Hardcover)
Francis L Rose, Russell Strandtmann
R330 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R55 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A field guide for the wildflowers of the Texas High Plains. 141 color photographs and descriptions, glossary of terms, and key to the various flower families.

A Gardener's Latin - The language of plants explained (Hardcover): Richard Bird A Gardener's Latin - The language of plants explained (Hardcover)
Richard Bird 1
R291 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R74 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Every gardener needs to know their Latin names. They may look confusing at first, but once you understand what certain key words mean, impenetrable-sounding and hard-to-pronounce species names are suddenly demystified. Many Latin names hide the secrets of where the plant is found, its colour, flowering times, leaf pattern, natural habitat and all sorts of other information that's extremely useful to the gardener: if you want a plant for a shady place, choose one with a name ending in sylvestris ('of woods'), while if your garden is dry, look out for the suffix epigeios ('of dry places'). More than just a dictionary of plant names, this fascinating book explains the meaning of hundreds of Latin plant terms, grouped into handily themed sections such as plants that are named after famous women, plants that are named after the shape of their leaves, plants that are named after their fragrance or the time of year that they flower. Within these pages you'll learn that Digitalis purpurea (the common foxglove) is purple, that the sanguineum in Geranium sanguineum means 'bloody' (its common name is the bloody cranesbill), and to steer clear of any plant whose Latin name ends in infestus.

Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback): Donald Cox Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback)
Donald Cox
R464 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Donald D. Cox brings together a wide range of information about the forests of eastern North America, including the origins and types of soils and their relationships to vegetation, climate, and human culture; the members of the plant kingdom and the fungi that are found in forests; the methods by which forest plants reproduce and disperse their seeds; and toxic, medicinal, and edible plants that grow in forests. Cox provides complete and accurate details for those readers who are interested in collecting forest plants and preserving plant collections. For readers who wish to go a step beyond identifying and collecting plants, the final chapter describes non-technical investigations, activities, and projects. The author emphasizes forest conservation and habitat preservation throughout this invaluable book.

Landowner's Guide to State-Protected Plants and Forests in New York State (Paperback): Dudley J. Raynal, Donald J. Leopold Landowner's Guide to State-Protected Plants and Forests in New York State (Paperback)
Dudley J. Raynal, Donald J. Leopold
R453 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nearly two-hundred color photographs of state-protected herbaceous and woody species found throughout New York State and the Northeast.

Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed): James W. Herrick Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed)
James W. Herrick
R613 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy--the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations--is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is especially evident in Iroquois medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. Iroquois Medical Botany is the first guide to understanding the use of herbal medi-cines in traditional Iroquois culture. It links Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies. After an introduction to the Iroquois doctrine of the cosmos, authors James Herrick and Dean Snow examine how ill health directly relates to the balance and subsequent dis-turbance of the forces in one's life. They next turn to general perceptions of illness and the causes of imbalances, which can result in physical manifestations from birthmarks and toothaches to sunstroke and cancer. In all, they list close to 300 phenomena. Finally, the book enumerates specific plant regimens for various ailments with a major compilation from numerous Iroquois authorities and sources of more than 450 native names, uses, and preparations of plants.

Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles - Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods (Paperback): Mike Krebill Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles - Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods (Paperback)
Mike Krebill
R437 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles is a National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) winner in the Nature Guidebook category. Ever seen a tasty-looking plant or mushroom in a yard or forest but weren't sure if it would taste good...or even be edible? In The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles, renowned forager Mike Krebill profiles 40 widely-found edible wild plants and mushrooms of North America, in a guide small enough to fit right in a pocket. The author offers clear color photos and positive-ID tips for each plant, along with lip-smacking recipes and engaging projects and activities for all skill levels. The Scout's Guide will help foragers locate, identify and safely enjoy wild edibles - with the added satisfaction of knowing exactly where their food came from. This is one of those "especially for now" kinds of books for the challenging times we are in.

Algemene plantkunde (Afrikaans, Paperback): H.P. van der Schijff Algemene plantkunde (Afrikaans, Paperback)
H.P. van der Schijff
R600 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R82 (14%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

In hierdie verbeterde, uitgebreide en aangepaste uitgawe van Algemende Plantkunde is die benadering steeds om basiese plantkunde, die vakwetenskap wat oor plante handel, aan studente bekend te stel. Die boek bied aan studente op voorgraadse vlak 'n waardevolle biologies-wetenskaplike basis. Die skrywers, onder leiding van HP van der Schijff, is gemoeid met die bekende, byna klassieke, maar tog moderne vorm van plantkunde om sodoende die hedendaagse student en navorser tot diens te wees, en aan hom/haar 'n onderbou te gee in die werklikheid van vorm, bou , funksie en voortplanting van die plante waarmee hy/sy werk.

Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Hardcover, New edition): C. Ritchie Bell Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Hardcover, New edition)
C. Ritchie Bell
R2,191 Discovery Miles 21 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This illustrated manual describes and discusses the unusually rich and varied flora of the Carolinas, from the semi-tropical coast of South Carolina to the northern forests of the high North Carolina mountains.
The manual treats in detail and in a concise format more than 3, 200 species of trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and ferns that grow without cultivation in this two-state area. Special features include diagnostic illustrations, keys for identification, detailed descriptions, flowering and fruiting dates, habitat data, distribution data, and pertinent synonymy for each species. County dot maps show the distribution of each species if found in more than five counties throughout the two-state area, and general ranges beyond our borders are given in the text.
First published in 1968, "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas" is an established reference for professionals, students, and plant enthusiasts throughout the Southeastern United States. It is based on the collection and examination of more than 200,000 live specimens. Many of these specimens are now housed in the herbarium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal Winners (Hardcover): Charlotte Brooks RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal Winners (Hardcover)
Charlotte Brooks
R900 R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Save R186 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presents botanical studies by sixty gold medal winning artists, from the Lindley Collections at the Royal Horticultural Society, the country's leading gardening charity. A historical essay explores the long-standing relationship between artists and the RHS. Introduces each medallist with a short biography and discussion of their winning composition. Features a diverse range of artists from across the globe. Botanical Illustration: a genre of art that endeavours faithfully to depict and represent the form, colour and detail of a plant. Abiding by this definition, the RHS Lindley Library has secured approximately 30,000 splendid illustrations of buds, fruit, flowers and leaves since they first started commissioning artists in 1806. RHS Botanical Illustration - Gold Medal Winners represents a cross-section of recent gold medallists from around the world. The RHS only award their gold medal to the most outstanding exhibitions, encouraging the international artistic community to perform to the highest standard. This gold medal is a highly-coveted testament to an artist's abilities, and the illustrations gathered in these pages demonstrate great attention to detail, masterful colour work and outstanding technical skill. Insightful commentary on the artists' creative process accompanies each picture. The perfect book for the lover of horticulture, as well as an excellent reference both for botanists and aspiring artists, this collection also includes an introductory essay that delves into the history of the RHS.

Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens (Hardcover): M.S. Swaminathan, S.L. Kochhar Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens (Hardcover)
M.S. Swaminathan, S.L. Kochhar
R2,113 R1,996 Discovery Miles 19 960 Save R117 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This comprehensive text on flowering trees of tropical gardens discusses some new species of trees, including Adansonia digitata, Monodora myristica, Flacourtia montana, Balanites aegyptiaca, Bursera serrata, Commiphora wightii and Semecarpus anacardium. The text covers more than 200 of the most striking and widespread trees alongside closely related genera and species (both native and exotic) commonly encountered in the tropical climate. It includes more than 700 high resolution coloured photographs, depicting different facets including growth habit, morphological details of stem, leaves, flowers and fruits. The different tree species are organized according to Bentham and Hooker's system of classification of seed plants. The book discusses many aspects of trees including common and botanical names together with synonyms, taxonomic families, etymology (how trees have derived their names), phenology, their native place, geographical distribution, mythological notes, religious significance and economic importance. The text is useful for graduate students and academic researchers in the field of life sciences.

Plains Apache Ethnobotany (Hardcover): Julia A. Jordan Plains Apache Ethnobotany (Hardcover)
Julia A. Jordan; Foreword by Paul E Minnis, Wayne J Elisens
R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"One tribe's traditional knowledge of plants, presented for the first time"

Residents of the Great Plains since the early 1500s, the Apache people were well acquainted with the native flora of the region. In "Plains Apache Ethnobotany," Julia A. Jordan documents more than 110 plant species valued by the Plains Apache and preserves a wealth of detail concerning traditional Apache collection, preparation, and use of these plant species for food, medicine, ritual, and material culture.

The traditional Apache economy centered on hunting, gathering, and trading with other tribes. Throughout their long history the Apache lived in or traveled to many different parts of the plains, gaining an intimate knowledge of a wide variety of plant resources. Part of this traditional knowledge, especially that pertaining to plants of Oklahoma, has been captured here by Jordan's fieldwork, conducted with elders of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma in the mid-1960s, a time when much traditional knowledge was being lost.

"Plains Apache Ethnobotany" is the most comprehensive ethnobotanical study of a southern plains tribe. Handsomely illustrated, this book is a valuable resource for ethnobotanists, anthropologists, historians, and anyone interested in American Indian use of native plants.

The Secret Network of Nature - The Delicate Balance of All Living Things (Paperback): Peter Wohlleben The Secret Network of Nature - The Delicate Balance of All Living Things (Paperback)
Peter Wohlleben 1
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An exploration of the invisible connections sustaining the entire natural world from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees

Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth?

Or that wolves can alter the course of a river?

Or that earthworms control wild boar populations?

The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature’s finely balanced equilibrium.

Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what's at stake when these delicate systems are unbalanced.

‘Peter Wohlleben doesn't merely look, he sees. Let's all learn as much from him as we can, and quickly’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

Plants (Paperback): Robin Twiddy Plants (Paperback)
Robin Twiddy; As told to Heather Kissock
R324 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R62 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Domestic Herbal, The - Plants for the Home in the Seventeenth Century (Hardcover): Margaret Willes Domestic Herbal, The - Plants for the Home in the Seventeenth Century (Hardcover)
Margaret Willes 1
R932 R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Save R210 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the seventeenth century, even the most elaborate and fashionable gardens had areas set aside for growing herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers for domestic use, while those of more modest establishments were vital to the survival of the household. This was also a period of exciting introductions of plants from overseas. Using manuscript household manuals, recipe books and printed herbals, this book takes the reader on a tour of the productive garden and of the various parts of the house - kitchens and service rooms, living rooms and bedrooms - to show how these plants were used for cooking and brewing, medicines and cosmetics, in the making and care of clothes, and finally to keep rooms fresh, fragrant and decorated. Recipes used by seventeenth-century households for preparations such as flower syrups, snail water and wormwood ale are also included. A brief herbal gives descriptions of plants that are familiar today, others not so well known, such as the herbs used for dyeing and brewing, and those that held a particular cultural importance in the seventeenth century. Featuring exquisite coloured illustrations from John Gerard's herbal of 1597 as well as prints, archival material and manuscripts, this book provides an intriguing and original focus on the domestic history of Stuart England.

A History of Zinnias - Flower for the Ages (Hardcover): Eric Grissell A History of Zinnias - Flower for the Ages (Hardcover)
Eric Grissell
R651 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A History of Zinnias brings forward the fascinating adventure of zinnias and the spirit of civilization. With colorful illustrations, this book is a cultural and horticultural history documenting the development of garden zinnias-one of the top ten garden annuals grown in the United States today.The deep and exciting history of garden zinnias pieces together a tale involving Aztecs, Spanish conquistadors, people of faith, people of medicine, explorers, scientists, writers, botanists, painters, and gardeners. The trail leads from the halls of Moctezuma to a cliff-diving prime minister; from Handel, Mozart, and Rossini to Gilbert and Sullivan; from a little-known confession by Benjamin Franklin to a controversy raised by Charles Darwin; from Emily Dickinson, who writes of death and zinnias, to a twenty-year-old woman who writes of reanimated corpses; and from a scissor-wielding septuagenarian who painted with bits of paper to the "Black Grandma Moses" who painted zinnias and inspired the opera Zinnias. Zinnias are far more than just a flower: They represent the constant exploration of humankind's quest for beauty and innovation.

The Natural Gardens of North Carolina (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Lawrence S. Earley The Natural Gardens of North Carolina (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Lawrence S. Earley
R615 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

North Carolina's varied natural Landscapes; For seventy years, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina has been a must-read volume for anyone interested in wildflowers, native plants, ecology, or conservation in the state. This handsome revised edition features new line drawings and color photographs, an appendix that updates the botanical nomenclature, an introduction that focuses on B. W. Wells and his passion for the state's landscape, and an afterword that discusses the continuing relevance of Wells's ideas. One of the first scientists to write and lecture about ecology, Wells introduced North Carolinians to the extraordinary tapestry of ""natural gardens,"" or plant communities, within the state's borders back in 1932. His purpose was to help readers understand a plant within its community - a pioneering concept at the time - and to promote conservation. Moving from the Atlantic coast westward, Wells identifies eleven major natural gardens: the sand dune community, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, swamp forest, aquatic vegetation, evergreen shrub bog (or pocosin), grass-sedge bog (or savanna), sandhill, old-field community, upland forest, and high mountain spruce-fir forest. He devotes the first part of his book to a general account of the vegetation and habitats of each community and then identifies and describes the wildflowers found there.

The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors... The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants - A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey
R5,526 Discovery Miles 55 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 4 contains accounts of 82 families, mostly rather small, but including the Primulaceae (with Primula as its largest genus) and Ericaceae (with Rhododendron, the largest genus in the Flora).

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