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Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum: Including Horsetails, Ferns, Rushes, Sedges, Grasses, Shrubs, Vines, Weeds, and Wildflowers Paperback – October 20, 2006

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (October 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978959000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978959005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodore S. Cochrane is senior academic curator of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Herbarium. His several books include Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora, coauthored with Hugh Iltis.  

Kandis Elliot and Claudia S. Lipke are senior artists in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Elliot has created thousands of illustrations for science articles and texts and has authored and contributed to more than fifty publications. Lipke has been producing scientific and fine art photographs for more than 30 years.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hipp on January 1, 2008
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I spent 10 years as a naturalist in the Madison area, and I wish this book had been available then. Theodore Cochrane's descriptions are precise and well-written, and his tight collaboration with Kandis Elliot and Claudia Lipke (the designers / photographers) ensures both the accuracy of the images and an economy of space that is often missing in field guides: virtually every page is packed to the gills with information. The only problem with the book is that the title suggests it is of limited use outside the UW-Madison Arboretum. This is not the case. In fact, the book would be useful to prairie enthusiasts throughout most of the upper Midwest.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 7, 2007
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Written by Theodore S. Cochrane (Senior Academic Curator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium), Kandis Elliot and Claudia S. Lipke (senior artists in the Department of Botany), Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is a beautiful guide featuring full color photography throughout. Each page of this lavish guide features a different plant, with descriptions of its leaves, flowers, fruits, range and habitats in Wisconsin, and other insights, not to mention multiple images of the species' leaves and flowers especially. A brief introductory section discussing prairies, a glossary, and an index round out this lavish reference, which is surely the next best thing to visiting the UW-Madison Arboretum in person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie on February 26, 2010
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Awesome book with excellent photos of each species as well as great info regarding habitat and species characteristics. I would LOVE to find Wisconsin/Illinois wetland and woodland plant ID books just like this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bobroo on January 16, 2009
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Not just for the arboretum!!! Anyone deeply interested in the Midwest prairie will enjoy this this book. From backyard novices to expert botonists, no one will be left disappointed.

Chock-full of color photos and details, this book is expertly written too boot! No shortcomings.

Use it as a field guide or leave it on the coffee table; this is a well spent $25!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blake on March 21, 2007
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Excellent book for those interested in Midwest prairie plants. Photos are very good quality and plant descriptions are thorough yet concise. Organized by plant family.
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I'm a complete novice landscaper planning to spruce up my yard using native plants. This book provides exactly what a beginner needs to plan the process. It provides clear photos along with information on the requirements of each plant and when they bloom.
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By Nicholas on December 1, 2012
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The photography in the book is wonderful . The book has information on a lot of plants and details on where they can be found. A good addition to any bookshelf, but usually I keep mine in the car so it's always at hand for when I need it.
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