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"Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men." -Proverb
A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by
Call Number: 580.92 K154g / ACES
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
In the tradition of The Botany of Desire and Wicked Plants, a witty and engaging history of the first botanists interwoven with stories of today’s extraordinary plants found in the garden and the lab. In Paradise Under Glass, Ruth Kassinger recounted with grace and humor her journey from brown thumb to green, sharing lessons she learned from building a home conservatory in the wake of a devastating personal crisis. In A Garden of Marvels, she extends the story. Frustrated by plants that fail to thrive, she sets out to understand the basics of botany in order to become a better gardener. She retraces the progress of the first botanists who banished myths and misunderstandings and discovered that flowers have sex, leaves eat air, roots choose their food, and hormones make morning glories climb fence posts. She also visits modern gardens, farms, and labs to discover the science behind extraordinary plants like one-ton pumpkins, a truly black petunia, a biofuel grass that grows twelve feet tall, and the world's only photosynthesizing animal. Transferring her insights to her own garden, she nurtures a "cocktail" tree that bears five kinds of fruit, cures a Buddha's Hand plant with beneficial fungi, and gets a tree to text her when it's thirsty. Intertwining personal anecdote, accessible science, and untold history, the ever-engaging author takes us on an eye-opening journey into her garden—and yours.
The Long Flowering Garden: Over 500 Plants For All Seasons And Interests by
Call Number: 635.9 C844l / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
If gardeners had to decide on the most important feature they look for when choosing a plant, it would surely be the length of the flowering period. For all the effort that must go into propagating and caring for a favorite specimen, the key factor is often the length of the bloom. The Long-Flowering Garden presents more than five hundred flowering plants with complete descriptions and characteristics and a wealth of beautiful, full-color photographs. Includes more than five hundred long-flowering plants -- from border perennials and annuals to climbers, shrubs, and subshrubs. Fully illustrated with stunning, full-color photographs and detailed descriptions of each plant. An invaluable resource for gardeners planning a full season of gorgeous, colorful flowers.
The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada by
Call Number: 635.9676097 C898n / ACES
Publication Date: 2000-04-15
This most complete and authoritative guide to North American wildflowers offers clear and detailed information on growing and propagating 200 genera and 1,000 species of these precious plants. No matter what your level of interest -- whether it is to introduce a few plants into your garden or to learn how to propagate them for yourself or for sales, this book will inspire as well as inform you. With Cullina's guidance, you'll learn in which parts of the continent the plants are found in the wild, and -- even more helpful -- where and how to succeed with them in your own garden wherever you live. As open land disappears, so too do many of the native plants that once flourished on this continent. Gardeners may be their last resort. It is the author's philosophy that a garden is not just an extension of our houses but a habitat we share with plants and the animals that depend on them for food and shelter. He writes: "There is value in preserving wilderness, but there is equal value in restoring the suburbs and cities where most of us live to something closer to balance -- for our children's sake and the sake of all the other species around us. Growing wildflowers is not only fun and easy, it fosters a genuine connection with the region you live in." William Cullina is the nursery manager and propagator for the New England Wild Flower Society, the oldest and one of the most widely known plant conservation organizations in North America. In spite of its regional name, their commitment is to the study and protection of all temperate North American native flowers. The Garden in the Woods, in Framingham, Massachusetts, is the popular showcase for the NEWFS. It features naturalistic displays of native plants organized by habitat and includes woodland, bog, meadow, pine barren, western/alpine, and pond side plantings.
Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season by
Call Number: 635.932 F525p / ACES
Publication Date: 2009-02-18
Every gardener wants to create breathtaking designs with color, form, and texture. But perennial combinations present challenges: How do I know all plants will bloom at the same time? How do I pick plants that have interest in each season? Most perplexing -- which plants look good together in the first place? Perennial Companions takes away the guesswork by providing Tom Fischer's 100 proven picks. New gardeners will learn how to create simple pairings with two plants and gardeners with a bit more experience -- or beginners looking for a challenge -- will find complex arrangements with four or more plants. Arranged chronologically by season, spanning the earliest spring to the onset of winter, each entry identifies all the main plants by both common and botanical names, specifies the care and conditions each requires, and indicates when the combination reaches its peak of beauty. Love flowers? You'll find both quiet compositions and bold blends. Prefer the texture of leaves? You'll find ferns and soft sweeping grasses. Better yet? Combine both for sophisticated tapestries that beguile and dazzle the eye.Whether you want to create a small-scale sanctuary, a welcoming path, or a bewitching border, you'll find an abundance of inspiration in this perfect package.
The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Changed Our Lives by
Call Number: 635.9 B853r / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-07-21
Cultural history at its best-the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world's flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. Flowering plants continue to serve as inspiration in our myths and legends, in the fine and decorative arts, and in literary works of prose and poetry. Flowers seduce us-and animals, too-through their myriad shapes, colors, textures, and scents. And because of our extraordinary appetite for more unusual and beautiful "super flowers," plant breeders have created such unnatural blooms as blue roses and black petunias to cater to the human world of haute couture fashion. In so doing, the nectar and pollen vital to the bees, butterflies, and bats of the world, are being reduced. Buchmann explains the unfortunate consequences, and explores how to counter them by growing the right flowers. Here, he integrates fascinating stories about the many colorful personalities who populate the world of flowers, and the flowers and pollinators themselves, with a research-based narrative that illuminates just why there is, indeed, a Reason for Flowers.
Spring Flora of Wisconsin: A Manual of Plants Growing Without Cultivation And Flowering Before June by
Call Number: 581.9775 F26S1976 / ACES
Publication Date: 1976-04-01
"[For the] professional botanist and botanical buff alike.… More than one hundred new illustrations have been added; revisions in content take into account the changing distribution of species, the introduction of new species, and more complete descriptions for many families and genera.… Like the seed catalogs, Spring Flora will set you dreaming of the season ahead."—Wisconsin Academy Review
Springtime Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by
Call Number: 582.130974 G753s / ACES
Publication Date: 2012-03-12
This exquisitely illustrated volume provides an in-depth look at spring-blooming wildflowers of the Northeast, from old favorites to lesser-known species. Featuring more than 500 full-color photos in a stunning large-sized format, the book delves deep into the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 plant species. The rich narrative covers topics such as the naming of wildflowers; the reasons for taxonomic changes; pollination of flowers and dispersal of seeds; uses by Native Americans; related species in other parts of the world; herbivores, plant pathogens, and pests; medicinal uses; and wildflower references in history, literature, and art. The photos capture the beauty of these plants and also illustrate the concepts discussed in the text. A book unlike any other, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast combines the latest scientific research with an accessible, entertaining style, making it the ideal volume for readers of all levels of expertise. Showcases the Northeast's most spectacular spring-blooming wildflowers Features more than 500 full-color photos Covers the life histories, lore, and cultural uses of more than 35 species Combines the latest scientific research with an easy-to-read style Offers something new for seasoned botanists as well as armchair naturalists
Wildflowers of Illinois Woodlands by
Call Number: 582.1309773 R874W1994 / ACES
Publication Date: 1994-02-01
This work offer helpful descriptions to the non-specialist of the most interesting wild flowers in Illinois. It is a companion volume to one on the wild flowers of Indiana, and the two books together cover 128 flowers.
Wonders of the Plant Kingdom: A Microcosm Revealed by
Call Number: 580 St959w / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-02-23
Compared to the obvious complexity of animals, plants at a glance seem relatively simple in form. But that simplicity is deceptive: the plants around us are the result of millennia of incredible evolutionary adaptations that have allowed them to survive, and thrive, under wildly changing conditions and in remarkably specific ecological niches. Much of this innovation, however, is invisible to the naked eye. With Wonders of the Plant Kingdom, the naked eye gets an unforgettable boost. A stunning collaboration between science and art, this gorgeous book presents hundreds of images of plants taken with a scanning electron microscope and hand-colored by artist Rob Kesseler to reveal the awe-inspiring adaptations all around us. The surface of a peach--with its hairs, or trichomes, and sunken stomata, or breathing pores--emerges from these pages in microscopic detail. The dust-like seeds of the smallest cactus species in the world, the Blossfeldia liliputana--which measures just twelve millimeters fully grown--explode here with form, color, and character, while the flower bud of a kaffir lime, cross-sectioned, reveals the complex of a flower bud with the all-important pistil in the center. Accompanying these extraordinary images are up-to-date explanations of the myriad ways that these plants have ensured their own survival--and, by proxy, our own. Gardeners and science buffs alike will marvel at this wholly new perspective on the world of plant diversity.
The World of Clovers by
Call Number: 633.32 G413w / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-10-25
This Volume (and accompanying CD) provides general information on the genus Trifolium and its more than 200 species. Also included is botanical information - description of stipules , leaflets , leaves heads, flowers, and pods. Users will find one of the most useful aspects of the CD to be the inclusion of full-colour, high-resolution plant and seed images. All information is completely searchable through indexes (print) and keyboard searches (CD). [[contains CD-ROM also (colour images from the book) ISBN 0813802822]]
A World of Flowers by
Call Number: 635.90222 P429f2001 / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-02-15
Photographer Clay Perry's striking, inspiring photographs remind us of the incredible color, dignity, and whimsy of flowers. Complete with details on growing and caring for each variety, A World of Flowers presents seventy-five flowers, each one with its own history and character. The entries range from Acanthus to Zantedeschia (Calla Lilly), and include the most popular varieties, such as Marigold, Iris, and Pansy, along with Freesia, Spider Lily, Jade Vine, Red Hot poker, Love-in-a-Mist, and many more.Seasoned gardeners as well as those with no prior experience growing and cultivating flowers will turn to this stunning collection again and again for it's beauty, information, and inspiration.