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Old 06-15-2009, 10:23 AM   #1
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Botanica North America: An Illustrated Guide to Native Plants: Their Botany, Their History, and the Way They Have Shaped Our World

This book on native plants was at the top of the list.

Amazon.com: Botanica North America: An Illustrated Guide to Native Plants: Their Botany, Their History, and the Way They Have Shaped Our World: Marjorie Harris: Books

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With over 420 entries and more than 670 pages, this encyclopedia by Canadian gardening writer Harris (In the Garden, Favorite Garden Tips, etc.) provides a comprehensive celebration of the trees and flowers native to North America. (Harris defines "native" as "a plant that can be documented to have been in North America prior to European contact.") Her book emphasizes the historical and medicinal aspects of its entries. For example, under "Flowering Dogwood," Harris notes that Native Americans used the tree as "an indicator plant" whose blooms let them know when it was time to plant corn and that dogwood's bark contains the same malaria-treating ingredient as quinine. This volume is a good choice for those who are interested in ecologically conscious gardening and botanical history.
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Harris is currently editor of Gardening Life. Botanica North America, which took five years to write, is certainly her major work.
In separate chapters North America is divided into 10 plant communities: "The Eastern Forests," "Swamps and Wetlands," "Florida," "The Boreal Forest," "The Prairie," "The Desert," "California," "Montane," "The Tall Trees," and "The Tundra." A map illustrates the areas crossing state and provincial boundaries. The Florida plant community is the southern half of the state, and "Tall Trees" includes part of northern California. Prairie runs from Texas to the southern part of Alberta.
Throughout the text Harris stresses plant ecology and the importance of preserving the natural world. The 420 plants included are native--documented to have been in North America before exploration by Europeans (1450) and still in existence. Plants that are considered the most important historically, ecologically, or economically are first in each chapter, followed by other plants arranged in botanical families. Each entry includes botanical, ethnobotanical, geographical, and historical information. We learn that sphagnum moss was used by Native Americans to line diapers, and in World War I it was encased in muslin and used for surgical dressings. Dogwood berries are high in fat, and robins depend on them for energy in migrating from the south. Quotations, poems, and excerpts from books and articles are scattered through the text and well documented. The photographs are all in full color, and many are full-page or double-page spreads. Unfortunately, the index includes only plant names. The two-volume Botanical Garden (Firefly, 2002) might be considered similar, but it is more of an identification source. Botanica North America concentrates less on identification and more on how North American trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals have survived and flourished. It is a necessary acquisition for public and academic libraries with a strong botanical collection. Gardeners will love to have their own copies to read in the dead of winter or on a warm summer evening. RBB
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Product Details
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062702319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062702319

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Old 06-15-2009, 10:46 PM   #2
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I'd be interested in looking at this. Don't know if I'd want to buy it at $50 but it's good to see a book like this being offered.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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Bookcloseouts.com has two copies for $30 each--

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and one for $15 (damaged; my copy had a torn back binding)--

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That is a great place to buy books. Who needs a copy in perfect condition anyway.

Thank you so very much for the link to that bargain book close out.
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Oh my God! I'm gonna go broke. That book close outs has prices like I've never seen before.
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LOL. But wait... there's more.

They often have coupons too. Search retailmenot.com for codes-- right now they have $5-off-$35 or $10-off-$65 coupons.
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