"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
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March 5, 2020
The Atlas of Boston History traces the city’s history and geography from the last ice age to the present with beautifully rendered maps.
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
February 28, 2020
The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate.
February 18, 2020
Explorers' Sketchbooks showcases the field discoveries of intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments--frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests--with their senses wide open.
January 23, 2020
In Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium, botanist Walter Judd gives a detailed species account of every plant found in Tolkien's universe, complete with the etymology of the plant's name, a discussion of its significance within Tolkien's work, a description of the plant's distribution and ecology, and an original hand-drawn illustration by artist Graham Judd.
November 21, 2019
In What Linnaeus Saw, Karen Magnuson Beil chronicles Linnaeus’s life and career in readable, relatable prose.
September 23, 2019
The Tree Book is the go-to reference to more than 2,400 species and cultivars, from two of the biggest names in horticulture--Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren. The featured trees include those widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest.
August 9, 2019
American chestnut trees were once found far and wide in eastern North American forests. They towered up to one hundred feet tall, providing food and shelter for people and animals alike. For many, life without the chestnut seemed unimaginable―until disaster struck in the early 1900s. Sally M. Walker tells a tale of loss, restoration, and the triumph of human ingenuity in this beautifully photographed middle-grade book.
July 1, 2019
The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks examines the new challenges in sustaining oak forest ecosystems in a changing world. It is essential reading for forest ecologists, silviculturists, environmentalists and wildlife managers.
May 31, 2019
Greywater, Green Landscape will help keep your lawn and garden lush without wasting resources by capturing and recycling the greywater that drains from your sink, shower, or washing machine.
March 13, 2019
After 30 years of research and seven years of editing, The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada is finally available.
February 25, 2019
Tower Hill: The First Twenty-five Years traces the metamorphosis of Worcester County Horticultural Society into Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
January 28, 2019
The Field Guide to Winter Twigs is a fully illustrated softback with detailed keys, stunning full color photographs and diagnostic line illustrations, making winter ID easy for native and planted taxa.
December 21, 2018
In Gardening Across the Pond, Richard Bisgrove explores four centuries of translantic influences, from the Tradescants, plant-hunting in seventeenth century Virginia, to the prairie landscapes of the 2012 London Olympic Park.
September 27, 2018
In this magnificently illustrated book, conservationist and celebrated outdoors photographer Tim Palmer launches us on a revealing journey among the hemlock and beech trees that have for millennia towered over America’s eastern woodlands.
July 11, 2018
Beautifully illustrated with 40 watercolor paintings by Elisabeth Dowle, The Book of Pears is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the pear.
February 27, 2018
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World. This stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.
February 5, 2018
Noted historian John Rousmaniere traces the history of the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Beginning with the land itself before the cemetery was founded in 1850, his engaging text shows how the forces that shaped the history of New York-population growth, immigration and growing wealth-also shaped the Evergreens.
February 5, 2018
This richly illustrated book tells the story of the creation, decline and renewal of an iconic Newport garden. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and constructed under the Olmsted Brothers’ exacting supervision between 1910 and 1913, the Blue Garden in its heyday was renowned for its unique monochromatic palette and elegant structures.
January 12, 2018
An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected.
January 12, 2018
Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life.
December 15, 2017
Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is an inspiring call to action dedicated to the idea of a new nature—a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated—that can ﬂourish in our cities and suburbs.
November 15, 2017
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. And now those lessons are available for everyone in this stunning book!
November 1, 2017
John Hirsch chronicles the research, scientists, and ephemera of the Harvard Forest—a 3,750-acre research forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.
September 20, 2017
The last in a series of books devoted to the work of John Singer Sargent, this volume covers the figure and landscape works that Sargent produced between 1914 and 1925.
August 14, 2017
This book is the story of Roy Lancaster's adventures as he sees tropical plants for the first time in the jungles of Malaya, meets Roberto Burle Marx at his garden near Rio de Janeiro, and hunts for pitcher plants in North America.
July 5, 2017
With its deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, The Songs of Trees will make you look at trees in an entirely new way.
June 5, 2017
The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals.
May 3, 2017
Standing in an old-growth forest, it's easy to see, smell, and feel the ways it is different from forests shaped by humans. More than just instinctive, these differences have been scientifically measured. In Nature's Temples Joan Maloof deftly explains both the science and the alchemy of these ancient ecosystems and makes a compelling case for their preservation.
April 12, 2017
Higher Plants of China in Colour contains nearly 20,000 photographs of wild higher plants and important cultivated plants in China, the species of which number more than 10,000. Each of the species is concisely introduced in both Chinese and English.
January 30, 2017
Educating Outside the Lines invites educators, parents, and students to re-imagine what college itself could be.
December 12, 2016
The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery by Anna Laurent. This collection of botanical wall charts from all over the globe will delight anyone with an interest in the natural world.
November 30, 2016
Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration by Sandra Knapp weaves scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic threads into a rich fabric of plant lore and tells the remarkable stories of the adventurous botanist explorers who braved disease, slave traders, war, jungles, and assorted dangers to collect plants now commonly grown in our gardens.
October 17, 2016
The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and tranferring drawings.
September 30, 2016
Designed for the professional botanist and passionate amateur alike, Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds brings names and taxonomic information into line with recent revolutions in studies of DNA, macro- and micromorphology, cytology, ecology, and phenology. It expands upon Janét E. Bare’s earlier book’s 831 entries with descriptions of 1,163 species—representing about 56 percent of the native and naturalized species currently known in Kansas—as well as 742 color photographs. For purposes of identification, conservation, study, or the simple pleasure of thumbing through, it is a resource without parallel.
August 26, 2016
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is an illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.
July 20, 2016
Wilson's Kagoshima by Tomoko Furui traces Ernest Wilson's steps throughout the island with narrative summaries, historic Wilson photographs, current landscape and specimen photographs, and lists of collected plants.
May 30, 2016
Trees in Towns and Cities focuses particularly on working people and the extent to which they have been able to enjoy urban trees and greenspace. It will appeal to a general readership, especially those with an interest in garden history, heritage landscapes and the natural and built environment.
April 27, 2016
Wildflowers of New England is for hikers, naturalists, gardeners, and anyone wishing to learn more about the region’s diverse wildflowers, or just wanting to know the answer to "What’s that plant?"
March 21, 2016
This new book from Arcadia Publishing showcases the unique history of the Arnold Arboretum.
February 29, 2016
Deep-Rooted Wisdom is garden mentorship at its best and most honest that shows us all a way back to a more joyful, simple style of gardening.
January 25, 2016
Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society: gathering over 100 items—letters, travel sketches, newspaper articles, essays, editorials, design proposals, official reports, and autobiographical reminiscences—this volume charts the emergence and development of Olmsted’s unique vision of restorative public green spaces as an antidote to the debilitating pressures of urbanization and modern life.
December 16, 2015
The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century. Taking inspiration from John Evelyn's original Sylva (published in 1664), Gabriel Hemery explains what trees really mean to us culturally, environmentally and economically--followed by forty-four detailed tree portrait sections that describe the history and the features of trees.
November 30, 2015
Ireland’s Generous Nature is the first ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. It records a wealth of traditional knowledge about plant use that has largely been lost or is quickly disappearing.
October 28, 2015
Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China tells the story of Chinese flora through time to the survey of the bioclimatic zones, soundly based on chapters with information on climate, physical geography and soils, and how an understanding of the flora of China is crucial to interpreting plant evolution and fossil history elsewhere in the world.
September 16, 2015
Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks. The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, and ciders. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes beyond the common grocery store offerings of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. With names like American Beauty, Carter’s Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery.
August 31, 2015
The Loudons and the Gardening Press: A Victorian Cultural Industry. Through close readings of individual serials and books and archival work on the publication history of the Gardener's Magazine (1826-44) Sarah Dewis examines the significant contributions John and Jane Webb Loudon made to the gardening press and democratic discourse.
July 20, 2015
Olmsted’s design concepts for more than seventy public park projects are depicted through sketches, studies, lithographs, paintings, historical photographs, and comprehensive descriptions.
June 22, 2015
Classical Bonsai Art : a half century of bonsai study is the distillation of the fifty year passion of William N. Valavanis, editor and publisher of International Bonsai journal.
May 18, 2015
The Curious Mister Catesby reviews 18th-century English naturalist, explorer, and illustrator Mark Catesby’s biography alongside the historical and scientific significance of his work.
April 22, 2015
The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way.
Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai: A Pictorial Exploration of Its History, Aesthetics, Styles and Preservation
March 23, 2015
Penjing is an exquisite Chinese traditional art. The two Chinese characters for "penjing" ("pot" and "landscape") capture the essence of this art: sculpting microcosms of the beauty of the natural world from plants, rocks, soil and water, both as an artistic process and as horticultural cultivation. This art form originated in China and spread to Japan during antiquity, and then subsequently from Japan to the West in modern times, and throughout the world today.
February 25, 2015
As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries.
January 28, 2015
Growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavor, and variety.
December 22, 2014
For centuries the practice of undertaking fieldwork and expeditions has been adopted as an essential part of research by scientists and scholars from diverse disciplines. As a method of collecting on-site data through observation, the practice is shared by disciplines ranging from biology and botany, through geology, geography, and archaeology to anthropology, linguistics, and folklore studies.
Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
November 12, 2014
When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.
October 15, 2014
There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.
September 22, 2014
The "hellstrip"—the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip—is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.
August 18, 2014
The notion of owning patents, trademarks, and recognizable brands that generate sizable income from licensing agreements is very attractive to many business owners and horticulturalists. Unfortunately, the attractiveness often wanes once people learn what it actually takes takes to properly set up, protect, maintain and enforce those assets. The world of branding and intellectual property, both domestic and especially international, is overwhelmingly complicated for most, and requires guidance.
July 30, 2014
Plants’ ability to turn sunlight into energy makes them the basis for all life on Earth; without them, there is no life. And they are more than just a food source—they provide us with fuel, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Global warming and the destruction of natural habitats are a serious threat to many plants, and there are worldwide efforts to mitigate this impending disaster. Plant Conservation tackles this essential topic head on.
July 18, 2014
Frederick Law Olmsted relocated from New York to the Boston area in the early 1880s. With the help of his stepson and partner, John Charles Olmsted, his professional office grew to become the first of its kind: a modern landscape architecture practice with park, subdivision, campus, residential, and other landscape design projects throughout the country.
May 12, 2014
Wilson landed in Yakushima one hundred years ago in 1914. What was his life like? What brought him to this isolated island in southern Japan? What were his impressions of the island?
April 30, 2014
In this book, Jennifer Bennett traces the journey of a plant that will "grow well anywhere, in any soil," from its origins in Asia through Europe and the United Kingdom to North America some 250 years ago.
March 31, 2014
Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, The Science of Describing reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists.
February 28, 2014
Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.
January 17, 2014
Charles Sprague Sargent edited the weekly magazine Garden and Forest from 1888 to 1897. In that brief span, the publication brought to light many of the issues that would influence the future of American environmentalism. In The City Natural, Shen Hou presents the first “biography” of this important but largely overlooked vehicle for individuals with the common goal of preserving nature in American civilization.
December 9, 2013
On the banks of the Potomac River, Mount Vernon stands, with its iconic portico boasting breathtaking views and with a landscape to rival the great gardens of Europe, as a monument to George Washington’s artistic and creative efforts. More than one million people visit Mount Vernon each year—drawn to the stature and beauty of Washington’s family estate.
November 4, 2013
The scientists and explorers profiled in this engaging study of pioneering Euro-American exploration of late imperial and Republican China range from botanists to ethnographers to missionaries. Although a diverse lot, all believed in objective, progressive, and universally valid science; a close association between scientific and humanistic knowledge; a lack of conflict between science and faith; and the union of the natural world and the world of "nature people." Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands examines their cultural and personal assumptions while emphasizing their remarkable lives, and considers their contributions to a body of knowledge that has important contemporary significance.
Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany
September 16, 2013
Because of their spectacular, naturalistic pictures of plants and the human body, Leonhart Fuchs’s De historia stirpium and Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica are landmark publications in the history of the printed book. But as Picturing the Book of Nature makes clear, they do more than bear witness to the development of book publishing during the Renaissance and to the prominence attained by the fields of medical botany and anatomy in European medicine. Sachiko Kusukawa (Trinity College) examines these texts, as well as Conrad Gessner’s unpublished Historia plantarum, and demonstrates how their illustrations were integral to the emergence of a visual argument for the scientific study of nature.
August 19, 2013
Published in collaboration with the Library of Congress, this volume presents for the first time 250 colored photographs of urban and suburban gardens taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston—photographer of presidents, celebrity authors, tastemakers, and estates of the County House Era.
July 1, 2013
Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. This intellectual biography—the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author—reveals Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.
June 3, 2013
Until now, there has never been a single publication, with a standardized format, that has captured photographs of the world's temperate conifers in their natural habitats. Zsolt Debreczy and Istvan Racz traveled the world over four decades to document temperate woody plants for a planned Dendrological Atlas. Their 2-volume Conifers Around the World will appeal to a wide range of readers, from scholars to armchair travelers.
April 29, 2013
Erik Mueggler introduces Scottish botanist George Forrest, who employed Naxi adventurers in his fieldwork from 1906 until his death in 1932. We also meet Joseph Francis Charles Rock, who, in 1924, undertook a dangerous expedition to Gansu and Tibet with the sons and nephews of Forrest's workers.
April 1, 2013
Philadelphia developed the most active scientific community in early America, fostering an influential group of naturalist-artists, including William Bartram, Charles Willson Peale, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon, whose work has been addressed by many monographic studies. However, as the groundbreaking essays in Knowing Nature demonstrate, the examination of nature stimulated not only forms of artistic production traditionally associated with scientific practice of the day, but also influenced processes not ordinarily linked to science. The often surprisingly intimate connections between and among these creative activities and the objects they engendered are explored, challenging the hierarchy that is generally assumed to have been at play in the study of nature, from the natural sciences through the fine and decorative arts, and, ultimately, popular and material culture.
March 11, 2013
February 4, 2013
Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen or are out of reach? With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree's lifecycle, this indispensable guidebook explains how to identify trees by their bark alone.
December 10, 2012
Urban Wildscapes is one of the first edited collections of writings about urban "wilderness" landscapes. Evolved rather than designed or planned, these derelict, abandoned, and marginal spaces are frequently overgrown with vegetation and are remnants of a wide range of human activities. They include former industrial sites, landfills, allotments, cemeteries, woods, infrastructural corridors, vacant lots, and a whole array of urban wastelands at a variety of different scales. Frequently maligned in the media, these landscapes have recently been re-evaluated and this collection assembles these fresh perspectives in one volume.
Old Southern Apples, Revised & Expanded: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts
November 12, 2012
A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers, particularly for those living in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.
October 22, 2012
Augustine Henry (1857-1930) is one of the most famous of the pioneering plant hunters to have traveled to China during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and he played a key role in establishing the basis for our present knowledge of the flora of China. His account of the destruction of great tracts of China's forests prompted later plant hunters like Ernest Henry Wilson, George Forrest, Frank Kingdon Ward, and William Purdom to venture to China in the name of plant exploration and introduction.
Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England
October 1, 2012
Are you ready to explore a milkweed patch alongside a monarch butterfly? For a barred owl’s late-winter call to take on new meaning? For the life cycle of the eastern newt to suddenly seem complex, beautiful, and intricately bound to mysterious underwater landscapes and damp forest floors? Naturally Curious promises to transform readers' perceptions of a walk in the woods, field, or wetland. With boundless enthusiasm and a lifetime of natural history knowledge at her disposal, Holland escorts you through the New England seasons, month by month: in all kinds of weather, along roadsides and riverbanks, above burrows, and beneath treetop nesting sites.
September 19, 2012
For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form--from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. But now, in What a Plant Knows, the renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents an intriguing and scrupulous look at how plants themselves experience the world--from the colors they see to the schedules they keep. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, he takes us into the inner lives of plants and draws parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. Chamovitz shows how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the Led Zeppelin you’ve been playing for them or if they’re more partial to the melodic riffs of Bach. Covering touch, sound, smell, sight, and even memory, Chamovitz encourages us all to consider whether plants might even be aware of their surroundings.
August 13, 2012
The latest publication from the Botanical Magazine Monograph Series, Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere is a fully illustrated guide of all the heather species that grow naturally north of the equator. The book covers in detail the distribution, classification, and conservation of three genera—Calluna, Daboecia, and Erica—supplemented by a history of heathers in cultivation and a select list of the best cultivars. Extensively illustrated with stunning botanical art by Christabel King, this will be an indispensable reference for heather enthusiasts and gardeners, as well as botanists, ecologists, and conservationists with interests in heaths and heathlands.
July 2, 2012
This volume gathers together writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country's most significant practitioners, horticulturalists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Written with a strong conservation ethic, these essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature.
June 4, 2012
Driven by an all-consuming passion, plant hunters such as Frank Meyer, Joseph Rock, and Ernest Henry Wilson traveled the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. Even the plants could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens despite the costs, and then endeavored to transport the plants—and themselves—home alive. Creating an important legacy in science, medicine, and agriculture, the plant hunters still inspire the scientific and environmental work of contemporary plant enthusiasts.
May 16, 2012
A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—-one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—-aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest and what visitors will find when they arrive. From giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand of pines in Wisconsin, each journey provides face-to-face experiences with forests containing majestic trees and a rich diversity of life. As an impassioned plea to preserve and support the few untouched stretches of forest that remain, the discussion touches upon the perseverance of these locations despite modern development, as well as the vital link between old-growth forests and humanity’s own survival.
April 30, 2012
A Landscape History of New England takes a view of New England's landscapes that goes beyond picture postcard-ready vistas of white-steepled churches, open pastures, and tree-covered mountains. Its chapters describe, for example, the Native American presence in the Maine Woods; offer a history of agriculture told through stone walls, woodlands, and farm buildings; report on the fragile ecology of tourist-friendly Cape Cod beaches; and reveal the ethnic stereotypes informing Colonial Revivalism. Taken together, they offer a wide-ranging history of New England's diverse landscapes, stretching across two centuries. The book shows that all New England landscapes are the products of human agency as well as nature. The authors trace the roles that work, recreation, historic preservation, conservation, and environmentalism have played in shaping the region, and they highlight the diversity of historical actors who have transformed both its meaning and its physical form.
April 9, 2012
This volume contains Olmsted’s most significant articles, lectures, and reports concerning public parks and recreation grounds. It contains several general discussions of the subject, including Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns (1870) and A Consideration of the Justifying Value of a Public Park (1881). Also included are his remarkable reports on individual parks and park systems that combine general observations with specific proposals, including reports on New York’s Central Park, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Mount Royal in Montreal, Belle Isle in Detroit, Franklin Park in Boston, the Niagara Reservation, and a park system for Buffalo.
March 19, 2012
This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire's stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state's exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They are dynamic habitats characterized by the presence and interactions of native species. Based on more than twenty years of ecological research, the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau developed the classification of the nearly 200 natural community types presented in this essential guide. The communities are organized into eight categories: alpine and sub-alpine, rocky ground, forests, peatlands, swamps, marshes, river channels and floodplains, and seacoast.
March 15, 2012
This third edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the pruning and maintenance of trees. Filled with new illustrations, photographs, and examples, this completely updated guide is designed to help readers understand and implement the appropriate pruning practices that are vital to developing sustainable structure in the first 25 years of a tree's life.
February 15, 2012
Everyone can enjoy the delights of a garden which attracts wildlife. With today's concerns about pollution and habitat loss, ever more gardeners are using organic methods of cultivation, eschewing chemicals and actively encouraging wildflowers and creatures to colonize their gardens. In a well-planned garden there is room for people and wildlife.
February 1, 2012
The modern city is not only pavement and concrete. Parks, gardens, and trees and other plants are an integral part of the urban environment. Often the focal points of social movements and political interests, green spaces represent far more than simply an effort to balance the man-made with the natural. A city's history with—and approach to—its parks and gardens reveals much about its workings and the forces acting upon it. Our green spaces offer a unique and valuable window on the history of city life.
January 3, 2012
In southern New England, as in much of the United States, the arrival of invasive species has dramatically changed many of our ecosystems. And as new species make their way into our region, the threat of further ecological and economic damage is increasing. Invasives can kill valuable trees and crowd out native vegetation that wildlife depend on.
December 12, 2011
Experience a master class in botanical illustration through one woman’s development from enthusiastic amateur painter to accomplished botanical artist. While studying for a distance learning diploma from the Society of Botanical Arts, Mary Ann Scott began an extraordinary correspondence with Margaret Stevens, the society’s president, who offered advice and critique.
November 28, 2011
Oaks are highly valued in urban areas for their aesthetic, environmental, economic and cultural benefits. However, significant impacts to the health and structural stability of oaks have resulted from urban encroachment. Changes in environment, incompatible cultural practices, and pest problems can all lead to the early demise of our stately oaks.
November 14, 2011
We humans share Earth with 1.4 million known species and millions more species that are still unrecorded. Yet we know surprisingly little about the practical work that produced the vast inventory we have to date of our fellow creatures. How were these multitudinous creatures collected, recorded, and named? When, and by whom?
October 31, 2011
This book presents unique sites from around the world, the last remnants of paradise on earth for plants and animals. These fantastic geological formations and extraordinary landscapes are all now under the protection of the global community.
October 17, 2011
The Naxi people are an ethnic minority of Yunnan Province, in southwestern China. Their culture has developed at a crossroad of the civilizations of China, Tibet, and South and Central Asia to produce a rich mythology and religious culture called Dongba. A folk religion with ancient roots in animism and shamanism, Dongba is a syncretic practice with elements of Chinese and Tibetan traditions and especially the Bon religion. Its corpus comprises about one thousand ceremonies and subceremonies, contained in extraordinary manuscripts written in the world's only pictographic script. The Donga priests are also artisans, and artists. While their art and artifacts show a connection to Tibet, China, and India, the Dongba religion is endowed with a unique aesthetic freedom and a vigorous and distinctive art and iconography.
October 3, 2011
Fungi have a long history of association with death, decay, and dark malevolent forces. They also cause serious economic loss through diseases of plant crops in particular. They can easily be cast as the "monster." Contrary to this negative image, fungi are at the heart of crucial "life-support" processes. For example, decomposition releases nutrients for reuse; fungi really are the ultimate recyclers.
September 19, 2011
As summer draws to a close, September is one of the best months to explore Boston's parks and gardens. Boston's Gardens and Green Spaces provides readers with a new way to explore the contemporary and long-revered public spaces of the Boston area. Organized into thematic categories, readers have at their fingertips all the city has to offer. Complete with chapters on community gardens, venerable botanic gardens, and grand estates, as well as gardens devoted to art, healing, and children, Meg Muckenhoupt has given every resident and visitor to Greater Boston a reason to get outdoors.
Best Plants to Attract and Keep Wildlife in Your Garden: Making a Backyard Home for Animals, Birds & Insects
September 5, 2011
The Best Plants to Attract and Keep Wildlife in Your Garden: Making a Backyard Home for Animals, Birds & Insects is an easy-to-follow guide to 70 of the most common backyard species of birds, animals, and insects with tips on how to identify and attract them to your garden, and how to keep them there.
August 22, 2011
Rescuing Wetlands Close to Home: Ten Stories of New England Landowners celebrates the role of private property owners in preserving natural landscapes and how their efforts connect people to the land and to each other. Told through spectacular pictures, interviews, and editorial insight, Rescuing Wetlands engages readers with profiles of landowners passionate about wetlands conservation and restoration.
August 8, 2011
The book highlights the fascinating structures and unique mechanics of natural and biomedical cellular materials. It begins by reviewing the mechanical properties of nature's building blocks—structural proteins, polysaccharides, and minerals—and explains the mechanics of cellular materials. Images convey the structural similarities of different materials, and color property charts provide mechanical data.
July 25, 2011
Originally published in France as Écorces: voyage dans l'intimité des arbres du monde. It is the culmination of a 10-year photographic odyssey to find the world's most beautiful and remarkable examples of tree bark. From the silver birch to the Namibian grape, each bark image is a work of art in itself.
July 11, 2011
This book explores how Bostonians channeled country lakes through miles of pipeline to provide clean water; dredged the ocean to deepen the harbor; filled tidal flats and covered the peninsula with houses, shops, and factories; and created a metropolitan system of parks and greenways, facilitating the conversion of fields into suburbs.
June 27, 2011
This book spans the history of photography from the mid-nineteenth to early-twenty-first century to address the image of the tree in its many connotations—as graphic form, symbolic icon, and role model for the beauty of nature. Published as a companion to the exhibition of In Focus: The Tree, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Tree in Photographs includes 81 plates, all selected from the Getty’s collection of photographs. The exhibit celebrates the tree as a symbol of life that reveals various artistic responses to the perennial subject.
June 13, 2011
Published by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The Tree Book for Kids and their Grown Ups by Gina Ingoglia features color illustrations of trees from all over the United States. The book also includes information on how trees grow, how they are structured, and how leaves change color. All text in the book has been reviewed by the scientists and educators at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
May 30, 2011
The award in the technical division has gone to Keywords in American Landscape Design by Therese O’Malley. Keywords is an illustrated, historical dictionary of landscape design vocabulary used in North America from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries, and defines one hundred terms and concepts used in garden planning and landscape architecture.
April 25, 2011
Forty-two chapters by international experts from a wide range of disciplines make The Wetlands Handbook the essential tool for those seeking comprehensive understanding of the subject. A departure from more traditional treatises, this text examines freshwater wetland ecosystem science from the fundamentals to issues of management and policy.
April 11, 2011
Nothing on earth compares to the Boreal forest to maintain life on this planet. The vast primeval forest stretches across the northern regions of the world, from northern Canada and Alaska to northern Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. Boreal species can be found in cooler temperate climates everywhere, including Michigan and other cool areas of the United States, and some outliers are even found in the tropics. The circumpolar runoff from the Boreal enriches the seas with nutrients in the spring. The evergreens of the Boreal act as a passive ground coolant. And the needles of the evergreens and the trichomal hairs of the deciduous trees comb the air free of harmful minute particulate pollution.
March 28, 2011
Often called the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted was responsible for the design of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City; Mount Royal Park in Montreal; the Belle Isle Park in Detroit; the Grand Necklace of Parks in Milwaukee; the Cherokee Park and entire parks system in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, to name a few of his most famous projects. His landscape works are enjoyed in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Most of these parks were created during and immediately after the Civil War. This title presents the opportunity to witness the evolution of Olmsted’s design and social philosophies during a time of upheaval in American history.
March 14, 2011
Leaves are everywhere, appearing in an astonishing variety of shapes, colors and textures. They are the unappreciated gifts of nature, worthy of far more extensive study by all. Through words and images, Extraordinary Leaves provides an insightful tour of one of nature's miracles. Topics include color, pattern, texture and shape. Among the specific plants covered are coleus, kale, caladium and ferns.
February 28, 2011
A new and enlarged edition of the standard reference on an internationally revered English garden and its designer. Known internationally as the epitome of the classic English country garden, it is perhaps less well known that Hidcote’s creator was an enigmatic American. Lawrence Johnston, an expatriate and one of the so-called “Henry James Americans,” a pedigreed member of old New York, left no diaries or significant correspondence. What he did leave, however, is a garden that continues to inspire horticulturists, gardening enthusiasts, and everyone who appreciates the beauty of nature.
February 15, 2011
A wide-ranging study of the symbolism and cultural meaning of the tree through history, from the Cosmic Tree of antiquity to modern European, American and Asian customs and beliefs. In the companion volume, The Spirit of Trees, Fred Hageneder captivated readers with a passionate and informed account of the natural life and ecology of trees. The Heritage of Trees evokes forest customs, images and meanings of the forest from the Stone Age to modern times.
January 29, 2011
An important figure in early American science and letters, William Bartram (1739-1823) has been known almost exclusively for his classic book, Travels. William Bartram, The Search for Nature's Design presents new material in the form of art, letters, and unpublished manuscripts. These documents expand our knowledge of Bartram as an explorer, naturalist, artist, writer, and citizen of the early Republic.
January 10, 2011
Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (1781–1826) is best known today as the founder of Singapore, though he was also a passionate scholar of all aspects of the Malay world. He amassed a superb collection of drawings and manuscripts during his nearly twenty years in Southeast Asia in the service of the East India Company.
December 13, 2010
What is a gymnosperm? The word gymnosperm literally means “naked seed” (gymno=naked, sperm=seed). Gymnosperms have their seeds exposed unlike flowering plants, the angiosperms, which have their seeds enclosed in an ovary (i.e., fruit). The word angiosperm derives its meaning from angio=vessel, sperm=seed.
November 8, 2010
When the family of Corliss Knapp Engle generously donated her extensive book collection to the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, this gem appeared alongside the scholarly tomes and excellent reference works. We chose to highlight Up the Garden Path because while the other titles reflected Corliss’ vast gardening and plant knowledge, this little book speaks to her delightful wit, which we most sincerely miss.
October 4, 2010
Trees are one of the dominant features of our existence on earth and play a fundamental role in the environment. This book aims to give the reader an overview and understanding of trees. Subject areas covered include ecology and conservation, tree anatomy and evolution, pathology, silviculture, propagation and surgery. The different chapters cover trees from various world habitats, from northern boreal and montane coniferous forests to tropical and subtropical rainforests. The book is fully illustrated throughout with the highest quality colour photos. It will be useful to professionals and students in plant science, plant biology, ecology, conservation and to those working in forestry and arboriculture.
August 16, 2010
All life depends on plants but they are often taken for granted in our everyday lives. It is easy to ignore the fact that we are facing a crisis, with scientists estimating that one third of all flowering plant species are threatened with extinction. Botanic Gardens: Modern Day Arks considers the essential conservation role of botanic gardens. Chapters feature gardens from around the world, including the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Uganda, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and China, revealing how a global network is striving to save our botanical heritage. Comments and photographs from the botanists involved lend an important personal angle to the text and reveal the important but little-known work that goes on behind the scenes of these beautiful gardens.
August 2, 2010
First published in 1870, The Wild Garden envisioned an authentically naturalistic approach to gardening that is more vital today than ever before. William Robinson advocated for the use of hardy, locally adapted native and exotic plants arranged according to local growing conditions. The Wild Garden was ground-breaking and hugely influential in its day, and is stunningly relevant to 21st century gardeners and landscape stewards seeking to adopt sustainable design and management practices. In addition to the complete original text and illustrations from the fifth edition of 1895, this expanded edition includes new chapters and 125 color photographs by award-winning photographer and landscape consultant Rick Darke. His new material places wild gardening in modern context, underscoring Robinson's importance in the evolution of ecological design and illustrating an inspiring diversity of contemporary wild gardens.
July 5, 2010
With the establishment of landscape architecture as a profession in the late 19th century, women have influenced the discipline through their expertise as gardeners, designers, horticulturalists, and fine artists. Their impact is widely seen and felt today in landscapes all across the world. It is surprising, then, that the history of women in landscape design has received relatively little attention. Thaïsa Way corrects this oversight. Describing design practice in landscape architecture during the first half of the twentieth century, the book serves as a narrative of women such as Beatrix Jones Farrand--Arnold Arboretum consulting landscape gardener from 1946 to 1950--and of the practice as it became a profession.
June 7, 2010
A celebration of one of Dorset's greatest glories. With names like Billy Wilkins, the Posy Tree and Judge Wyndham's Oak, Dorset's ancient trees are amongst its most precious living treasures. At least two pre-date Christianity, one is the widest oak in the country. The Martyrs' Tree has been named one of Britain's 'top ten' trees. Today Dorset's veteran trees support a rich and often internationally rare wildlife, and are at last being recognised as living icons of national importance.
May 17, 2010
Peter Del Tredici's lushly illustrated field guide to wild urban plants of the northeastern United States is the first of its kind. While it covers the area bounded by Montreal, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, it is broadly applicable to temperate urban environments across North America. The book covers 222 species that flourish without human assistance or approval. Rather than vilifying such plants as weeds, Del Tredici stresses that it is important to notice, recognize, and appreciate their contribution to the quality of urban life.
April 19, 2010
"A wealth of new trees are now thriving in the United Kingdom thanks to our changing climate. The transformation in the treescapes of the United Kingdom, Europe and North America over the very short period of the past 30 years is highlighted . . . an essential reference work for all serious gardeners and anyone interested in trees or the origins of garden plants." --Kew Publishing and the International Dendrology Society
March 22, 2010
"This book contains a detailed introduction to the ancient records of Chinese camellia culture and history, an introduction to the history of the development of western camellias, and an introduction to the traditional camellias found in Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. This book not only brings new knowledge to the horticultural world but also promotes the collaboration of East and West in the form of cultural exchange." --from the introduction by Barbara Coates Tuffli, President of the American Camellia Society.
February 22, 2010
While it may be true "A rose is a rose is a rose," roses come in all sorts of colors, perfumes, shapes, and sizes, for every taste and nearly every possible situation. In fact, choosing which variety to plant is almost as intimidating as growing these fragrant but temperamental beauties. The easily accessible information here takes the guesswork out of selecting, planting, tending, and propagating roses. Nearly 200 varieties are classified by their predominant characteristics--modern climbers, hybrid musks--and then analyzed with respect to their appearance, habits, and suitability to your own garden. Techniques needed to keep a rose in good shape and suggestions for specific garden conditions will aid the inveterate rose grower yet ensure that even the newcomer can grow roses with confidence, while the hundreds of sumptuous color photographs guarantee this book a prized place in the library of rose lovers everywhere.
January 27, 2010
Features photography from The Ernest Henry Wilson Archive at Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. Ernest Henry Wilson was the foremost plant collector of his generation, responsible for introducing over 1,000 species to our gardens in the West. The authors of this book reveal Wilson's adventures through excerpts from his own writings as well as describing their own experiences tracing his journeys in the wilds of China today.