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Flower Finder: A Guide to the Identification of Spring Wild Flowers and Flower Families East of the Rockies and North of the Smokies, Exclusive of Trees and Shrubs (Nature Study Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1955


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From Nature Study Guild's Finders series of pocket guides.

About the Author

Naturalist May Theilgaard Watts was the first staff naturalist at the Morton Arboretum, near Chicago, Illinois, where she developed an innovative education program. She introduced her students and readers to natural history and the science of ecology through her lectures, classes, newspaper columns, and her books Reading the Landscape of America and Reading the Landscape of Europe, as well as several field guides.
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Product Details

  • Series: Nature Study Guides
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers (January 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912550007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912550008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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May Theilgaard Watts was a poet, artist, gardener, and above all, a teacher. She is best known for her book Reading the Landscape: An Adventure in Ecology (later published in an expanded edition as Reading the Landscape of America,) and as founder of the Illinois Prairie Path.

May was born to Danish parents in Chicago, on May 1, 1893. Her first teaching job was in a one-room schoolhouse. At the start of the school year, she would take a train out to a rural school district, where she lived with a farmer's family. During the summers, she came home to her parents' house in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, and attended the University of Chicago. There, she took classes from the pioneering American ecologist, Henry C. Cowles, whose work she would popularize in her books.

After graduating from college, May she taught at a Chicago-area high school until her marriage in 1924 to Raymond Watts. While raising her family, she spoke and wrote widely about native plants and landscapes. From 1941 until her retirement, Watts worked as staff naturalist at the Morton Arboretum, west of Chicago, where she created the Arboretum's innovative education program.

May and her husband, Raymond Watts, started the publishing imprint Nature Study Guild Publishers to publish her pocket guides Tree Finder and Flower Finder.

In 1963, at the age of 70, she instigated the movement to convert an abandoned railroad right-of-way into the Illinois Prairie Path. May died in her home in Naperville, Illinois, in 1975, with a piece of unfinished writing waiting for her in her typewriter.

When Reading the Landscape was first published, in 1957, its jacket included a quote from the naturalist Edwin Way Teale: "Mrs. Watts has a valuable and original idea in considering the whole ecological interrelationship represented by each different landscape in turn." Her publisher appended a definition of the word "ecology," evidently not expecting readers to be familiar with the word.

Ecology is no longer an arcane term, in part because of May Theilgaard Watts' work, through her books, lectures, and field trips, to interest non-scientists in nature and its interrelationships.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Volter on September 15, 2012
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Well laid out and very complete. Easy to use and concise.

Unfortunately i didn't notice that it was for eastern US, and i'm on the west coast, but there's still a great deal of cross coverage so i've managed to make use of it anyhow. I will be buying the pacific coast version of this book as soon as i find it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca sue on June 1, 2013
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This guide is perfect for basic flower id. The one con I have found is that the plant must actually have the flower on it in order to id it. This can be troublesome if you are trying to key out a plant in the forest that is past bloom or pre-bloom.
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This is a great guide. It's easy to use and it's really nice that it fits in the pocket so well. The only things I wish were included were color descriptions on all floweres and measurements. Otherwise, I love it.
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It's a small book, good for carrying with you on hikes. It's very informative. It has helped me a lot, on my ventures. With Articulate descriptions
On what to look for. I really have enjoyed this book.
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By evie esposito on July 10, 2013
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These pocket books are great to carry with you on walks where you want to identify plants you see and like (or don't!)
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By C. M. Dixon on February 25, 2013
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I'm very pleased with this book. The plants are organized by family, which is an excellent way to learn about plants.
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