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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Plant life: general > General

Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants (Hardcover, New edition): Bryan J Taylor Florida Wild Flowers and Roadside Plants (Hardcover, New edition)
Bryan J Taylor
R832 R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Save R164 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a helpful guide to identifying 500 species of Florida plant life, including rare as well as common wild flowers and characteristic trees, shrubs, vines, and ferns. Each description includes both common and scientific names, a range map, symbols to show the season of bloom, and a useful summary code of nine key plant, leaf, and flower characters, to aid in identification. With rich color photographs and brief, nontechnical notes to accompany each species, this handbook is a valuable reference for tourists, residents, students, and anyone interested in plants in all seasons of the year, from Pensacola to the Keys.

Jan Hendrix - Paradise Lost (Hardcover): Jan Hendrix Jan Hendrix - Paradise Lost (Hardcover)
Jan Hendrix
R639 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jan Hendrix is a Dutch-born, Mexico-based contemporary artist. His work is all about observation and analysis; nature and its diff erent ways of representing and telling extended stories, often in a non- linear narrative. Based on an exhibition at Kew Gardens, this book is a visual report of Hendrix's multiple visits to the Kamay Botany Bay Area of New South Wales, Australia, made over a 20-year period. Beautiful and thought-provoking works convey his response to the fragile, changing landscape, under constant threat of fi re and destruction. His work also draws on first collections of plants at Kamay Botany Bay documented by botanists Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander and Sydney Parkinson as part of the HMS Endeavour expedition in 1770. Supporting texts by Art Historian Dawn Ades, CEO of the Bundanon Trust Deborah Ely, and filmmaker Michael Leggett contextualise the work of the artist. With a foreword by Kew Director Richard Deverell.

A Guide to Britain's Rarest Plants (Paperback): Christopher Dixon A Guide to Britain's Rarest Plants (Paperback)
Christopher Dixon
R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For centuries, botanists have been drawn to the rarest species, sometimes with dire consequences for the species' survival. In this book, Great Britain's rarest flowering plants are discussed in turn, including the stories behind their discovery, the reasons for their rarity, and the work being done to save them from dying out. It is hoped that it will help to throw light on some of the species that normally gain little attention, and foster an appreciation of our most threatened plants. This guide describes 66 native species of plants that have the most narrowly restricted ranges in Great Britain. These range from continental, warmth-loving species in the south of England to those found only on the highest Scottish mountains. Each species is shown together with its habitat to allow the reader to better understand the ecological context. Other scarce plants in the same area are indicated.

In the Dreamtime - A Meditation on the Flowers of Orkney (Hardcover): Nicki Gwynn-Jones In the Dreamtime - A Meditation on the Flowers of Orkney (Hardcover)
Nicki Gwynn-Jones 1
R736 R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Save R137 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Kew - Rare Plants - Forty of the world's rarest and most endangered plants (Paperback): Ed Ikin Kew - Rare Plants - Forty of the world's rarest and most endangered plants (Paperback)
Ed Ikin
R914 R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Save R188 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rare Plants explores what makes the world's rarest plants so exceptional, and by what means they have become so scarce, telling the story of 40 rare and endangered species through exquisite botanical artworks sourced from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Accompanied by illuminating and authoritative text, the book is presented alongside 40 frameable art prints and encased in a collector's box. Some of the most beautiful, useful and fascinating plants in the world are also the most uncommon, and have drawn the fascination of plant hunters, botanists, scientists and gardeners for centuries. This rarity, combined with pressures from humankind's impact on the planet, has brought many of these species to the point of crisis. In a race against time to conserve the world's plant biodiversity, organizations such as Kew are deploying incredible science to save our rare and threatened plants. Cutting-edge genomics reveals new species, distribution modelling directs us to outlying plant populations, while drone and satellite data highlight the speed at which species are declining. This vital information informs which habitats should be protected and prioritizes plant conservation programmes. Rare Plants finds hope among the challenges, and exhibits the role of botanic gardens in conservation across the globe.

Flowers - simply beautiful - A practical guide to contemporary flower arranging (Paperback): Ansia Kohrs Flowers - simply beautiful - A practical guide to contemporary flower arranging (Paperback)
Ansia Kohrs
R95 R79 Discovery Miles 790 Save R16 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Learn about the best flowers and foliage to use for lasting arrangements, colour, combinations and containers, handling and care, and much more. The more than 65 original ideas for beautifully simple arrangements are presented in three sections: Instant designs - that will take no more than a few minutes; easy arrangements and more challenging combinations. A must-have for every flower lover!

Succulent Flora of Southern Africa (Hardcover, 3rd Edition): Doreen Court Succulent Flora of Southern Africa (Hardcover, 3rd Edition)
Doreen Court 1
R400 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This highly regarded reference work, a botanical classic, has been fully revised and updated. A fresh new design and beautiful full-colour images aid identification.

First published in 1981, Succulent Flora has long served as an authoritative guide for academics and lay enthusiasts alike. This third edition takes into account intervening taxonomic advances and the discovery and naming of ever more species.

Information has been supplemented in line with the latest thinking and the book has been newly designed for clarity and ease of reference. Given the phenomenal extent of our succulent flora, this fully updated edition is a timely addition to the botanical literature of southern Africa.

Pocket Guide Trees of Southern Africa (Paperback): Piet Van Wyk Pocket Guide Trees of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Piet Van Wyk
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Southern Africa boasts a rich variety of tree species, both indigenous and exotic. Pocket Guide Trees of Southern Africa is an authoritative introduction to the region’s trees, describing and illustrating 132 species.

This publication has its origins in Van Wyk’s A Photographic Guide to Trees of Southern Africa and has been fully revised and updated by well-known authority Braam van Wyk.

Each species account highlights the key identification features, and also touches on the medicinal and commercial uses of the trees.

This compact, easy-to-use guide makes an ideal travelling companion and will help readers to become more knowledgeable about trees.

Mushrooms of North America in Color - A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi (Hardcover, New): Alan E. Bessette Mushrooms of North America in Color - A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi (Hardcover, New)
Alan E. Bessette
R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume is the first guide to identify mushroom species not commonly classified or illustrated elsewhere in current literature. The book, which will serve as a companion to other popular field guides, shows how to distinguish lesser-known mushrooms from other common fungi. Found in a variety of habitats in North America, each species has an accurate and up-to-date description, a color illustration, and detailed information on its distinctive species characteristics. The book is written for the amateur and professional mycologist alike. Anyone, however, who is interested in collecting mushrooms will find it a valuable contribution to the field.

Native Plant Stories (Paperback): Michael J Caduto, Joseph Bruchac Native Plant Stories (Paperback)
Michael J Caduto, Joseph Bruchac
R399 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Parents, teachers and Children will delight in these magical stories that promote responsible stewardship toward all living things. With original illustrations by Mohawk artists John Kahionhes Fadden and David Kanietakeron Fadden, these mythical stories draw upon legends from eighteen Native American tribes and illustrate the importance of plant life in Native American traditions.

Woody Plants of the Northern Forest - A Photographic Guide (Paperback): Jerry Jenkins Woody Plants of the Northern Forest - A Photographic Guide (Paperback)
Jerry Jenkins
R363 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R63 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Northern Forest Region lies between the oak forests of the eastern United States and the boreal forests of eastern Canada. It is, collectively, one of the largest and most continuous temperate forests left in the world and, like much of the biosphere, it is at risk. This guide is an essential companion for those interested in stewardship and conservation of the region. Through multi-image composite photos that allow for unparalleled depth and clarity, this unique guide illustrates the majority of the 265 species of woody plants present in the forest and its associated communities. With a visual glossary, nineteen quick guides, and five systematic sections, this book is intended as a quick reference for the rapid identification of twigs and leaves. It is an invaluable tool for foresters and an excellent teaching guide for all ages. Large, easy-to-use format Easily compare different species Fully illustrated with high-definition composite images Accompanying large-scale foldout charts also available A complete online archive of images and articles, including digital atlases, is available at northernforestatlas.org.

Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools - The Essential Photograph Guide to Britain's Fungi (Paperback): Paul... Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools - The Essential Photograph Guide to Britain's Fungi (Paperback)
Paul Sterry, Barry Hughes 1
R518 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R123 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Collins Complete Guide to British Muchrooms and Toadstools allows everyone to identify mushrooms found in Britain and Ireland. The book is illustrated with beautiful photographs throughout, featuring the species you are most likely to see. By only covering Britain and Ireland, fewer species are included than in many broader European guides, making it quicker and easier for the reader to accurately identify what they have found. Extensive details on size, shape and colour are given and over 1,500 photographs help you identify each species. This is the essential photographic guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Ireland.

Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover): Daniel Mathews Trees in Trouble - Wildfires, Infestations, and Climate Change (Hardcover)
Daniel Mathews
R573 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Botanical Treasury - The tale of 40 of the world's most fascinating plants (Paperback): Christopher Mills, Royal... The Botanical Treasury - The tale of 40 of the world's most fascinating plants (Paperback)
Christopher Mills, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 1
R996 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R346 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This remarkable book, and accompanying prints, is packaged in a sumptuous presentation box. It reveals the story of 40 of the world's most fascinating plants. The plants are explored through specially selected facsimile texts from the Archives at Kew and expert introductions, as well as exceptional and beautiful illustrations. The Botanical Treasury also includes 40 beautifully reproduced prints of the plants which can then be framed, allowing the reader to truly appreciate these magnificent plants.

Collins Tree Guide (Paperback): Owen Johnson Collins Tree Guide (Paperback)
Owen Johnson; Illustrated by David More 2
R523 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R123 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive, fully-illustrated guide to the trees of Britain and non-Mediterranean Europe. This brand-new field guide to the trees of northern Europe contains some of the finest original tree illustrations ever produced. The introduction contains illustrations of the main leaves, buds, and firs you are likely to find, and these provide the starting point for identification by leading you to a 'key' species. Within each tree family there is a list of key species and a guide to the most important features to look for when identifying a particular tree from that family. Then individual species are clearly described and a detailed illustration is given on the same page. Covering all the tree species found outside the major arboretums, from the olive tree to the eucalyptus, this is one of the most important tree guides to have appeared in the last 20 years. The illustrations are annotated with essential identification features, and the text highlights the most important things to look for to aid fast and accurate identification. There is also coverage of all the species native to Southern Europe.

A History of Zinnias - Flower for the Ages (Hardcover): Eric Grissell A History of Zinnias - Flower for the Ages (Hardcover)
Eric Grissell
R604 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R114 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A History of Zinnias brings forward the fascinating adventure of zinnias and the spirit of civilization. With colorful illustrations, this book is a cultural and horticultural history documenting the development of garden zinnias-one of the top ten garden annuals grown in the United States today.The deep and exciting history of garden zinnias pieces together a tale involving Aztecs, Spanish conquistadors, people of faith, people of medicine, explorers, scientists, writers, botanists, painters, and gardeners. The trail leads from the halls of Moctezuma to a cliff-diving prime minister; from Handel, Mozart, and Rossini to Gilbert and Sullivan; from a little-known confession by Benjamin Franklin to a controversy raised by Charles Darwin; from Emily Dickinson, who writes of death and zinnias, to a twenty-year-old woman who writes of reanimated corpses; and from a scissor-wielding septuagenarian who painted with bits of paper to the "Black Grandma Moses" who painted zinnias and inspired the opera Zinnias. Zinnias are far more than just a flower: They represent the constant exploration of humankind's quest for beauty and innovation.

Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles - Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods (Paperback): Mike Krebill Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles - Learn How to Forage, Prepare & Eat 40 Wild Foods (Paperback)
Mike Krebill
R422 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R75 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles is a National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) winner in the Nature Guidebook category. Ever seen a tasty-looking plant or mushroom in a yard or forest but weren't sure if it would taste good...or even be edible? In The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles, renowned forager Mike Krebill profiles 40 widely-found edible wild plants and mushrooms of North America, in a guide small enough to fit right in a pocket. The author offers clear color photos and positive-ID tips for each plant, along with lip-smacking recipes and engaging projects and activities for all skill levels. The Scout's Guide will help foragers locate, identify and safely enjoy wild edibles - with the added satisfaction of knowing exactly where their food came from. This is one of those "especially for now" kinds of books for the challenging times we are in.

Collins British Wild Flower Guide (Paperback): David Streeter, Christina Hart Davies, Audrey Hardcastle, Felicity Cole, Lizzie... Collins British Wild Flower Guide (Paperback)
David Streeter, Christina Hart Davies, Audrey Hardcastle, Felicity Cole, Lizzie Harper 1
R397 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R96 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Experience the joy of discovering the natural world around you with this beautiful pocket guide to British wild flowers, an inspiration and treat designed to enthral all nature lovers. Leading botanical artists specially commissioned to ensure beautifully detailed illustrations feature the most widely common British wild flowers. Species are described and illustrated on the same page, with up-to-date authoritative text aiding identification. They are arranged by family, with their key features highlighted for quick and easy reference. This is an indispensable guide for all those with an interest in the countryside, whether amateur or expert, and is beautifully packaged to lend itself both as gift or self-purchase.

Botanicum Medicinale - A Modern Herbal of Medicinal Plants (Hardcover): Catherine Whitlock Botanicum Medicinale - A Modern Herbal of Medicinal Plants (Hardcover)
Catherine Whitlock
R715 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R124 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Field Guide to the Flowers of the Alps (Paperback): Ansgar Hoppe A Field Guide to the Flowers of the Alps (Paperback)
Ansgar Hoppe; Translated by Martin Walters
R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Explore the colourful world of alpine flowers. This practical book will help you make a quick, reliable identification of each plant, with concise descriptions and illustrations for individual plants to enable differentiation from similar species. Flowers can be identified quickly from colour and shape. The notable characters of each plant are clearly highlighted. Covering 500 species, each with colour photographs, this compact guide is designed for walkers and botanists. For each plant the common name, scientific name, flowering time, plant height, protected status, and distribution (habitat and altitude) are described.

The Well-Gardened Mind - The Restorative Power of Nature (Hardcover): Sue Stuart-Smith The Well-Gardened Mind - The Restorative Power of Nature (Hardcover)
Sue Stuart-Smith
R613 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R114 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Woods - A Celebration (Hardcover): Robert Penn Woods - A Celebration (Hardcover)
Robert Penn 1
R564 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R132 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A tribute to the natural history of some of our most iconic British woods. The National Trust manages hundreds of woods, covering over 60,000 acres of England and Wales. They include many of the oldest woodlands in the land and some of the oldest living things of any kind - trees that are thousands of years old. From Dean to Epping, from Hatfield to Sherwood, this book covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique characters, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain's trees and the ancient stories that surround them.

What's That Tree? (Paperback): Eugene Moll What's That Tree? (Paperback)
Eugene Moll
R300 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R60 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Amateur and more seasoned tree-spotters will welcome this latest addition to the What's that? series. Accessible and straightforward, this title groups trees together into their broad families, based on the features that related species share. This allows readers to narrow down their choices to a few likely possibilities before tackling the detail of species identification.

The book offers: simple, authoritative text; side-bars with interesting additional information; multiple full-colour photographs, including of key diagnostic features, and an illustrated glossary of plant parts.

This helpful introduction should provide an invaluable entry point for anyone with an interest in the trees of the region.

Arboretum Borealis - A Lifeline of the Planet (Paperback): Diana Beresford-Kroeger Arboretum Borealis - A Lifeline of the Planet (Paperback)
Diana Beresford-Kroeger
R760 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R138 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A literary work with a life all its own, and without exaggeration, it is a masterpiece. . . . Far from being a simple narrative, the book discusses the incredible contribution each tree makes to the planet, where and how to plant them, and what environment they are most complementary to."
---Monika Carless, "EcoFarm & Garden"

"In prose as rich as the forest itself, Diana Beresford-Kroeger sees trees for all their attributes---as providers of clean air, clean water, food, shelter, and beauty---and places them squarely at the center of a complex web of nature that is crucial to all species including man."
---Roger C. Dower, President, Forest Stewardship Council-United States

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.

"Arboretum Borealis" does for the northern forests of the world what Arboretum America did for the forests of North America. Diana Beresford-Kroeger further describes how each Boreal tree group relates to its natural environment and how these specific trees can be used to promote health or to counteract the effects of pollution and global warming.

"Arboretum Borealis" reveals the fascinating history of these trees in Native American culture, including their medicinal uses. Finally, Beresford-Kroeger offers practical design ideas and tips---where to plant these trees, what season they look best in, and what native plants complement them.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a botanist; medical and agricultural researcher; lecturer; and self-defined "renegade scientist" in the fields of classical botany, medical biochemistry, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. She is the author of "Arboretum America" and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Cover image by Christian H. Kroeger

Practical Botany for Gardeners - Over 3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored (Hardcover, New): Geoff Hodge Practical Botany for Gardeners - Over 3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored (Hardcover, New)
Geoff Hodge
R596 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy. Fickle plants make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust, seeds sprout magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted mysteries unfold underground and out of sight. Understanding basic botany is like unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a little science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and shed some light on what's really going on in your garden.
"Practical Botany for Gardeners" provides an elegant and accessible introduction to the world of botany. It presents the essentials that every gardener needs to know, connecting explanations of scientific facts with useful gardening tips. Flip to the roots section and you'll not only learn how different types of roots support a plant but also find that adding fungi to soil aids growth. The pruning section both defines "lateral buds" and explains how far back on a shoot to cut in order to propagate them.
The book breaks down key areas and terminology with easy-to-navigate chapters arranged by theme, such as plant types, plant parts, inner workings, and external factors. "Great Botanists" and "Botany in Action" boxes delve deeper into the fascinating byways of plant science. This multifaceted book also includes two hundred botanical illustrations and basic diagrams that hearken to the classic roots of botany.
Part handbook, part reference, "Practical Botany for Gardeners" is a beautifully captivating read. It's a must for garden lovers and backyard botanists who want to grow and nurture their own plant knowledge.

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