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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-eye View of the World
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375501290

Focusing on the human relationship with plants, the author uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through portraits of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.

Phantastica: A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Phantastica
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817836

Long out of print, this is a landmark study on narcotic and psychedelic substances by a world-renowned pharmacologist and toxicologist

- The first book to bring non-judgmental scientific insights to the use of drugs around the world

- Provides detailed information on all major drugs of the time, including opium, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, peyote, fly agaric, henbane, datura, alcohol, kava, betel, coffee, tea, cocoa, and tobacco

- A book credited with starting an era of ethnobotany that continues to the present day

The publication of Louis Lewin's Phantastica in 1924 began an era of ethnobotany that is still flourishing today. Until Lewin, books on the use of drugs were purely works of anthropology, concerned with how people used these plants, rather than how the plants produced their famous effects. Lewin, a world-renowned pharmacologist and toxicologist, was fascinated by both, and Phantastica was the first book to bring scientific insights to a survey of the use of drugs around the world. Lewin traveled extensively and acquired an astonishing variety of knowledge, reflected in this book, which provides detailed information on all major drugs of the time, including opium, cocaine, heroin, cannabis, peyote, fly agaric, henbane, datura, alcohol, kava, betel, coffee, tea, cocoa, and, of course, tobacco. For thirty years ethnobotanists have bemoaned the fact that Phantastica has been impossible to find; now this landmark work is once again available.
Growing Fruit in the Upper Midwest
Growing Fruit in the Upper Midwest
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816618690
Common Backyard Weeds of the Upper Midwest
Common Backyard Weeds of the Upper Midwest
Paperback      ISBN: 1591937329

Learn to identify common backyard weeds

Hundreds of full-color photographs with easy-to-understand text make this a great visual guide to learning about more than 150 species of weeds--toxic, edible, or otherwise interesting--found in the Upper Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The species (from Dandelion to Purslane) are organized by type, then by flower color, so you can identify them by their visual characteristics. Plus, learn about how each weed spreads, how to control it, and its possible beneficial uses. The information, presented by expert forager Teresa Marrone, is perfect for beginners but also useful for more experienced home gardeners.

The Horticulture Gardener's Guides: Plants For Small Spaces
The Horticulture Gardener's Guides
Plants For Small Spaces
Paperback      ISBN: 1558707492

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.

Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan
Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1591937965

Now you can identify wild berries and fruits

Learn what's edible and what to avoid with this easy-to-use field guide. The nearly 200 species in this revised and updated book are organized by color, then by form, so when you see something in the field, you'll know just where to look to learn more about it. Full-page photos and insets show each plant's key identification points, while detailed descriptions give you the information you need to know. Interesting tidbits about the plants' many uses, range maps, a ripening calendar, and more make this an indispensable guide for Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan foragers. Teresa Marrone has been gathering and preparing wild edibles for more than 20 years. Let her share that experience with you.

Seeing Seeds: A Journey Into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit
Seeing Seeds
A Journey Into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604694920
"Llewellyn's images reflect a depth of detail that until now, only the best botanical illustrators could approach." --The Washington Post

A centuries-old saying goes, "Great oaks from little acorns grow." But as this dazzling book reveals, there is much more to a seed than the plant it will someday become: seeds, seedheads, pods, and fruits have their own astounding beauty that rivals, and sometimes even surpasses, the beauty of flowers. Bitter melon seeds resemble a handful of rubies. Poppy pods could be art nouveau salt shakers. And butterfly vine seeds look exactly like those delicate insects captured in mid-flight.

Seeds also come with fascinating stories. Jewels of Opar got its name from a fabled city in Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan stories. Lotus seeds sent into orbit by Chinese scientists came back to earth mysteriously altered. And fava beans--beloved of foodies--have a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality: they can cause the debilitating condition known as favism in some individuals and at the same time combat the microorganism that causes malaria.

In these stunning pages you'll gain an understanding of how seeds are formed and dispersed, why they look the way they do, and how they fit into the environment. Seeing Seeds will take you to strange and wonderful places. When you return, it's safe to say that you'll never look at a seed the same way again.
Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hubbard Brook
The Story of a Forest Ecosystem
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300203640
A beautifully illustrated overview and synthesis of how scientists have used a living forest as an experimental laboratory for more than 50 years

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.
The History of Weed in 101 Objects
The History of Weed in 101 Objects
Paperback      ISBN: 1942556632

The History of Weed in 101 Objects offers an easy-to-read, full-color, fully illustrated history of humankind's long tradition of loving cannabis. And whether you live in a state that has chosen to legalize it or not, weed is rapidly losing its reputation as an illicit substance and becoming more or an accepted part of American culture with each passing election cycle.

This fascinating look at 101 objects chronicles the history of weed, and uniquely shows how America's perceptions of it have changed socially, medically, economically and legally. Each entry has been carefully selected to highlight a facet of weed's history, from 12th century hashish to the Volcano Vaporizer.

The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names
The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names
Hardcover      ISBN: 1604691158
The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names is the only reference available in English with the current names of thousands of plants found in gardens and the wild. Based in science and valuable to botanists, horticulturists, agronomists, and foresters who must work with plants on a daily basis, it is also useful for advanced gardeners who seek accurate and precise information on the plants they grow. Includes the English, French, and German common names for most of the 20,000 plants described. More than 10,000 synonyms are also included.

The level of detail in each entry is without parallel:
- 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