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Trees, wildflowers & plants

See below for a selection of the latest books from Trees, wildflowers & plants category. Presented with a red border are the Trees, wildflowers & plants books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Trees, wildflowers & plants books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Alpine Plants of the Northwest

Alpine Plants of the Northwest

Author: Andy MacKinnon, Dr. Jim Pojar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2020

Compact Guide to Wildflowers of the Rockies

Compact Guide to Wildflowers of the Rockies

Author: C. Dana Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2020

Britain's Orchids

Britain's Orchids

Author: Sean Cole, Mike Waller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2020

An accessible, comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide-the only one to cover all the orchids found in Britain and Ireland Covering all fifty-one native species and twelve of uncertain origin, as well as hybrids and variants, Britain's Orchids is an engaging, intuitive and in-depth identification guide to all the orchids of Britain and Ireland at all stages of development, from first emergence to setting seed. Drawing on the authors' extensive field experience and the latest scientific research, the book uses multiple techniques to help both beginner and more advanced orchid enthusiasts to identify even the most difficult plants. It is beautifully illustrated with watercolour paintings by talented artist Sarah Stribbling, and features more than 1,200 evocative, instructive and detailed photographs. Orchids have long fired the imagination with their beauty and rarity. This book aims to ignite or increase your passion for these special plants, and for the conservation of their varied habitats-from remote mountaintops to urban wild spaces. The first book to cover all the species at all stages of development, as well as all subspecies, varieties and confirmed hybrids Lavishly illustrated with 98 beautiful watercolour plates More than 1,200 stunning photos showing the orchids in their natural settings and highlighting key identification features Simple, step-by-step system for identifying almost any orchid you encounter Up-to-date distribution maps and seasonal charts showing when each species can be seen in its various stages of development Sean Cole is a field naturalist who has been studying orchids for more than twenty years, with special interests in identification, taxonomy and pollination. He has published many articles on British orchids, including his specialty, the Ghost Orchid. Mike Waller is an ecologist and botanist who specializes in European orchids. He has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Natural History Museum in London, the London Wildlife Trust and Plantlife.

Foraging Arizona

Foraging Arizona

Author: Christopher Nyerges Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2020

From beach peas to serviceberries, hen of the woods to Indian cucumber, ostrich ferns to sea rocket, this guide uncovers the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of Arizona. Helpfully organized by environmental zone, the book is an authoritative guide for nature lovers, outdoorsmen, and gastronomes. Inside you'll find: detailed descriptions of edible plants and animals; tips on finding, preparing, and using foraged foods; a glossary of botanical terms; eighty-seven color photos. Use Foraging Arizona as a field guide or as a delightful armchair read. No matter what you're looking for, be it the curative Heal-All or tasty Purslane, this guide will enhance your next backpacking trip or easy stroll around the garden, and may just provide some new favorites for your dinner table.

Archery, Projectiles, and Canoeing

Archery, Projectiles, and Canoeing

Author: Mark Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2020

Listen to the Trees

Listen to the Trees

Author: Don MacCaskill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

This text is a portrayal of the life that moves in the Caledonian forest and on the moorlands, and of those communities that lived and worked in and around the forests. Listen to the Trees provides knowldege and experience of trees - their role in nature, the inspiration they offer, and their importance for the future - and forestry - its role past, present and future.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Author: Twigs Way Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2020

Drawing its allure from the gold of the sun and the rule of emperors, the chrysanthemum winds its way through ancient Chinese culture into the gardens of French Impressionist painters and onto the pages of American novels. The flower signifies both life and death, as parts of Europe associate it with mourning while others celebrate it for its golden rays that light the autumnal gloom. In this fascinating book, Twigs Way follows the fortunes of the flower through philosophy, art, literature and death, recounting the stories of the men and women who became captivated by it. With a range of vibrant illustrations, including works by Hiroshige, Monet and Mondrian, it will appeal to lovers of art, flowers, history and culture.

Berries

Berries

Author: Victoria Dickenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2020

What is it about the small fruits of field and wood that encourages rapture? These gifts of the earth - flagrant in hedgerows, carpeting the forest floor or colouring the uplands - are so ubiquitous as to be commonplace and so extraordinary that we have woven them into our folklore, fables and art. Strawberries, brambles, blueberries and raspberries were painted in the frescoes of Pompeii, twined into the borders of medieval miniatures and embroidered on silks and linens. Today the huge demand for these nutrient-rich fruits is pushing berry cultivation into new territories, from South America to Scandinavia, and changing the nature of our relationship with these much-loved fruits. In this delightful, surprising and occasionally juicy exploration, Victoria Dickenson traces the humble berry's journey across cultures and through centuries with humour and passion.

Kew - Rare Plants

Kew - Rare Plants

Author: Ed Ikin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Rare Plants explores what makes the world's rarest plants so exceptional, and by what means they have become so scarce, telling the story of 40 rare and endangered species through exquisite botanical artworks sourced from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Accompanied by illuminating and authoritative text, the book is presented alongside 40 frameable art prints and encased in a collector's box. Some of the most beautiful, useful and fascinating plants in the world are also the most uncommon, and have drawn the fascination of plant hunters, botanists, scientists and gardeners for centuries. This rarity, combined with pressures from humankind's impact on the planet, has brought many of these species to the point of crisis. In a race against time to conserve the world's plant biodiversity, organizations such as Kew are deploying incredible science to save our rare and threatened plants. Cutting-edge genomics reveals new species, distribution modelling directs us to outlying plant populations, while drone and satellite data highlight the speed at which species are declining. This vital information informs which habitats should be protected and prioritizes plant conservation programmes. Rare Plants finds hope among the challenges, and exhibits the role of botanic gardens in conservation across the globe.

Kew - The Witch's Garden

Kew - The Witch's Garden

Author: Sandra Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

The Witch's Garden describes over 50 of the world's most powerful, harmful, legendary and storied plants - from the screaming mandrake to calming St John's Wort, to predicting the weather with seaweed, the creation of salves for broken hearts, sore heads, protection from evil spirits and to even induce immortality. Wise women, apothecaries, witches, herbalists: whatever you like to call them, those who cultivate plants for their apparent mystical properties have existed for thousands of years. The Witch's Garden tells the story of our folkloric fascination with these magical specimens, documenting the beliefs and rituals surrounding the natural world. Illustrated with pages from herbals held within the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, along with botanical illustrations and archival images depicting magic and mayhem, The Witch's Garden beautifully evokes the bewitching nature of mysterious plants.

Borealis

Borealis

Author: Jeroen Toirkens Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2020

Thirty per cent of all trees are in the so-called boreal ecosystem, a circle of mostly coniferous trees, ranging from Europe and Asia to North America. These boreal forests, also referred to as taiga, convert massive amounts of CO(2) into oxygen. Over a span of 100 years, an average tree produces enough oxygen to allow a single person to breathe for twenty years. Still, less than twelve per cent of these forests are protected. For Borealis, photographer Jeroen Toirkens and journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius travelled to these forests, looking for the stories of the people living there. Their mission turned into eight very different journeys, to Norway, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Alaska and Russia. Text in English and Dutch.