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Product Details

  • Series: Timber Press Field Guide
  • Turtleback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (February 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Northwest's most complete field guide ever, this lovely volume pictures 1,220 wildflowers that grow from the Siskiyous to southwestern British Columbia."
—Sunset, June 2006

Book Description

Featuring more than 1240 stunning color photographs, this comprehensive field guide will remain a trusted, authoritative trailside reference for years to come. It describes and illustrates 1220 species commonly encountered in the Pacific Northwest, both native and nonnative, including perennials, annuals, and shrubs.

More About the Author

Mark Turner (1954- ) began learning photography as a kid in rural central West Virginia, studied at Rochester Institute of Technology, and has been in business as a photographer for nearly 20 years in Bellingham, Washington. He's a self-taught botanist who has been learning about wild and garden plants since a 4th grade 4-H project. His first book, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, won an American Horticultural Society book award in 2007. Bellingham Impressions, book #2, showcases his adopted hometown and the surrounding area. Look for book #3, a field guide to northwest trees and shrubs, in 2014.

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I think you are very likely to quickly find prominent wildflowers in this book.
Georgina Eliot
Anyone in the Pacific Northwest who is even a fleeting interest in wildflowers has to pick this up.
C. Roberts
I have had this book for a few years and just bought it again to give to someone.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Adam Schneider on March 6, 2006
Format: Turtleback
Since I moved to Portland, I've accumulated several wildflower guides trying to find a good one: The Audubon book has great photos but tries to cover the entire western half of the continent and so leaves a LOT unmentioned or at least unpictured. The Peterson "Pacific States" guide doesn't have ANY photographs (only drawings) and is similarly incomplete. "Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge" is very complete for its area, but is (obviously) geographically limited and also suffers from a terrible organizational scheme and a lack of text.

So, I've been looking forward for the publication of "Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest" since I first heard it was in the works. My first impression is that it lives up to its billing: over 1200 species, organized by color, then flower shape, then plant family. For every species, you get a description of its typical habitat and abundance; a 6cm x 4cm photo; a detailed paragraph about identifying features (and notes about similar species or subspecies, if applicable); and a map showing counties where it can be found in OR, WA, CA, and BC.

To make room for more species, they've omitted some less-showy varieties, but that's fine with me. The one quibble I have is with the index: the common (non-Latin) name given is not always the one you might be familiar with, and they alphabetize the flowers according to the beginning of their name, not the "important" part of the name. For example, you have to look up subalpine mariposa lily under "subalpine," not "mariposa lily" or "lily," and if you know it as "cat's ear lily," you won't find it at all.

But overall, I'd heartily recommend this book to anyone in Oregon, Washington, southern B.C., or far northern California. It costs a little more than the other field guides but is well worth it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on July 9, 2006
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Other than Pojar and MacKinnon's book and Cooke's wetland guide, this is the only general purpose, non-technical botanical books I'd recommend for the Pacific Northwest for wildflowers. Over 1200 species are covered, including many of those in oft-ignored areas covered by other guides such as southern Oregon and the Wallowa/Blue Mountains. Not every species is covered, of course, but chances are that if you see a plant growing somewhere in Washington or Oregon, this book would likely have it. Plant descriptions are solid, photographs are crisp and professional, and the county maps showing distribution are a tremendous addition (I cannot emphasize this enough). Anyone in the Pacific Northwest who is even a fleeting interest in wildflowers has to pick this up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Jacobsen on June 24, 2006
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A great book for anyone wanting to identify all those wildflower pictures you took, but never have. Very user friendly, I was able to ID a bunch of pictures I took in a relatively short time. Beautiful color photos. It didn't receive the 5th star because of the index. For example, I knew I had a mariposa lily, but didn't know what species. The index didn't help because you won't find "mariposa"; you need to know the exact species name. Also, not all common names are listed (compared to the National Plants Database). Besides that, I am very satisfied with the book and highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Berger on September 28, 2007
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Mark Turner's books has become my bible for wildflower hunting in the Pacific Northwest. Not only is it jam-packed with most species, his photos are great and he offers great details for each plant. I have just about every wildflower book published for flowers throughout this region and Turner's is by far the best and first one I grab when heading out the door in search of flowers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MorganR on September 1, 2008
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This book got an award from the American Horticultural Society, and at first read, it deserves it. While a little heavy for a backpacking trip, it would easily fit into a day-pack for a trip to a high mountain meadow or other heavily flowered location. It is well organized, and the flower photos are detailed enough to be useful. Of the various flower guides I have, it comes the closest to covering mountain flowers in Washington -- while omitting most of the flowers that would never appear in this environment. It seems as though that should be an easy and obvious thing to do ... but I have at least 3 other flower guides that don't quite pull it off.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2007
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Most horticultural books on anything "Pacific Northwest" tend to overlook the arrid eastern half of Washington state, which is a vastly different climate than the wet western side of the state. This book doesn't. As a previous reviewer noted, the maps are a GREAT and help tremendously in narrowing down the possible options when trying to ID a 5 petal yellow flower with heart-shaped leaves. That said, I did sometimes have problems with the pictures. Most are so closeup that there is no mistaking the correct identification; others aren't, making comparisons difficult. Oh, and the common name index--a huge omission. But for the most part, this is an excellent resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Renee A. Davis on August 18, 2007
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I am very pleased with how thorough and complete this book is. It is very comprehensive and user-friendly. You do not have to be fluent in botanical terms to identify an unknown flower.
I also agree with the other reviewers that there should also be an index (or at least a cross-reference) of common names. Having to deal with only latin names does create an obstacle.
That being said, this is THE best field guide I've experienced with Pacific NW Wildflowers.
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