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Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers Hardcover – September 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160469422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604694222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Chace and Llewellyn] present 343 blooms in such extraordinary detail that you feel you're glimpsing the garden from an insect's perspective."

(Akron Beacon Journal)

"Seeing Flowers looks at blooms in a way you probably never have.”  

About the Author

Teri Dunn Chace is a writer and editor with more than thirty titles in publication, including How to Eradicate Invasive Plants (Timber Press, 2013) and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers (Timber Press, 2012). She has also written and edited extensively for Horticulture, North American Gardener, Backyard Living, and Birds & Blooms. Raised in California and educated at Bard College in New York, Chace has gardened in a variety of climate zones and soil types, from inner city Portland, Oregon, to coastal Massachusetts. She now lives in a small upstate New York village with snowy winters and glorious summers.



Robert Llewellyn has been photographing trees and landscapes for more than forty years. His photographs have been featured in major art exhibits, and more than thirty books featuring his photography are in print, including Seeing Flowers, with Teri Dunn Chace, and Seeing Trees, one of two earlier projects with Nancy Ross Hugo. His book Washington: The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department, and Remarkable Trees of Virginia, the culmination of his four-year project photographing trees, has been called “a spectacular tribute to Virginia’s native trees.” To learn more about Robert and his work, visit robertllewellyn.com.


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The photography is amazing, inspiring!
K. Wheeler
Plant addicts should be warned that this book will definitely feed your addiction and you'll read about more plants that you want to have in your garden.
Carol J. Michel
This book will make a great gift for the family and friends who are.
Gregory Horne

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Michel on September 27, 2013
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I purchased this book when I saw the sub-title, "Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers". For anyone who wants to know more about flowering plant families and see some stunning photographs of flowers, get this book. The author writes about 28 different flowering plant families. Reading about each one is like talking to a family member who knows all about the rest of the family ~ who belongs in the family, who belonged once before but has been cast out, their quirks, their foibles, all kinds of interesting tidbits. The pictures are amazing, showing lots of details that we often miss, even when we are holding the flower in our hand. Even the captions for the photos contain great info and should not be skipped over. I think that gardeners of all levels of experience will find this book to be readable, enjoyable, and useful. Plant addicts should be warned that this book will definitely feed your addiction and you'll read about more plants that you want to have in your garden.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Horne on October 5, 2013
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This is a feast for the eyes and soul - an elegant blend of photos and text that kept me turning pages, and that's quite something for a non-gardener like me! This book will make a great gift for the family and friends who are.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leslie VINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
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We are surrounded by flowers. They are everywhere. We glance at them and marvel at their beauty but do we really see the complexity of each bloom? Seeing Flowers takes a close-up look at over 300 popular garden flowers, revealing detail rarely seen in photos.

I’d experienced Robert Llewellyn’s remarkable photography in Seeing Trees and expected the book to be mostly a glorious display of photography. I wasn’t expecting the wonderful, informative and interesting essays complimenting the photos, each written in an easy to read, breezy style. As a gardener I thought I would already know much of this information, but there is always much more to learn.

The beautiful, unique photography in this book must be seen to be appreciated. Each photo is composed of many small images shot at a different point of focus, then stitched together using special software to create incredibly sharp, detailed images.

The book is organized into 28 plant families and accompanying photos. We get an intimate look at the distinguishing features of the plants in each group. Along with the botanical details of each flower we are treated to quotes, tales, folklore and fascinating bites of information: Different ways plants are pollinated, how seeds are dispersed, what’s edible and what isn’t, and some interesting factoids. I knew the flowers of nightshades are poisonous and that tomatoes are in the nightshade family, but I didn’t know early Americans considered tomatoes themselves to be poisonous and wouldn’t eat them, or that a Loyalist chef tried to poison George Washington by preparing a meal using tomatoes.

Both factual and entertaining, this is a gorgeous book and a worthy addition to anyone’s bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail S Lee on January 5, 2014
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The pictures showed the anatomy of different flowers by families. The text supported the picture by discussing the characteristics of each family. Other members of the family were discussed in the text to illustrate the diversity within the family. This is one of those books which you can pick up and put down after enjoying the pictures then pick it up again to read the text of one family then another family. I really enjoyed this book. I like the scientifically correctness of this book. since I am a Horticulture PhD
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elcina Buck on November 7, 2013
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Strangely, it just feels good to touch the paper...the pictures are amazing...highly recommend it. Will be a good reference for years to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R on October 28, 2013
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Amazing book. Beautiful images looking deep into the heart and soul of flowers. Teri Dunn Chase's copy is inspiring as always. A winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on February 23, 2014
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This is the kind of book you will want to peruse over and over again, never tiring of it down through the years. I appreciate the layout of the book, with its various flower families. The prose is so clear that you can easily understand the descriptions and comments, moreso than most gardening books. The photos are so extraordinary that you can turn a page and suddenly find yourself looking into the face of God. If you are one with a practical bent, the many facts and Latin names in this book will prove to be quite satisfying. If you love beauty, you will become enthralled -- there is no other word for it. And for those with a mystical bent, if you've ever wondered if a flower is a conscious being, after looking at these pictures, you will no longer doubt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smk on February 12, 2014
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Photos are awesome with loads of detail and color. Shipped with protective plastic wrap - be careful removing: cover page can tear when opening/removing wrap as it might stick (static electricity) to plastic wrap so be careful. Book will be a very useful resource.
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