More than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous lookalikes, are described here, with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also included are habitat descriptions, lists of plants by season, and preparation instructions for 22 different food uses.
This user-friendly guide assumes no previous knowledge: A medical glossary and an easy-to-follow system of color-coded bands, denoting the part of the plant used, leads quickly to the correct section of the book. Detailed, full-color illustrations and a concise text provide information on collecting, preparing, and using the many remedies in Nature's medicine chest.
"Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . The Orchid Thief shows Orlean's] gifts in full bloom."--The New York Times Book Review "Fascinating . . . an engrossing journey full] of theft, hatred, greed, jealousy, madness, and backstabbing."--Los Angeles Times
"Orlean's snapshot-vivid, pitch-perfect prose . . . is fast becoming one of our national treasures."--The Washington Post Book World
"Orlean's gifts are] her ear for the self-skewing dialogue, her eye for the incongruous, convincing detail, and her Didion-like deftness in description."--Boston Sunday Globe "A swashbuckling piece of reporting that celebrates some virtues that made America great."--The Wall Street Journal
- Type of plant
- Life cycle
- Geographic distribution
- Growing habit
- Foliage type
- Cold-hardiness (using USDA hardiness zones)
- Flowering time
- Garden habitat
- Botanical author
- Medicinal or toxic properties
- Cut flower use and/or decorative fruits
- Fragrance value
- Endangered protection under CITES
- Vernacular name in up to three languages, with cross-references to Latin names
For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. This book highlights many of the important ecological findings amassed during the long-term research conducted there, and considers their regional, national, and global implications.
Richard T. Holmes and Gene E. Likens, active members of the research team at Hubbard Brook since its beginnings, explain the scientific processes employed in the forest-turned-laboratory. They describe such important findings as the discovery of acid rain, ecological effects of forest management practices, and the causes of population change in forest birds, as well as how disturbance events, pests and pathogens, and a changing climate affect forest and associated aquatic ecosystems. The authors show how such long-term, place-based ecological studies are relevant for informing many national, regional, and local environmental issues, such as air pollution, water quality, ecosystem management, and conservation.
This handbook for gardening in small spaces is one of the lead titles in a new series of gardening books published in partnership with Horticulture, America's most respected gardening magazine.
Following the widely celebrated Seeds of Change (1985) comes Seeds of Wealth, a collection of four elegant essays focusing on the economic and cultural consequences of the exploitation of timber, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape. These cash crops have bound together trade relations for the past three centuries and have had a profound if little noted effect on our world.
As early as Shakespeare's time, timber quantities in England had become deficient, promoting the use of coal and leading to the industrial revolution. Conversely, the abundance of timber and excellent growing conditions for tobacco in the United States led to great wealth and power for the young nation. The cultivation of the rubber tree and its importance in modern society helped to create the nations of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. And good wine, Hobhouse observes, makes people wealthy as well as mellow and wise.
These four plants enormously increased the wealth of those who dealt with them, created new industries, shaped destinies, and changed the course of history.