- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691152292
- ISBN-13: 978-0691152295
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
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Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World Hardcover – October 23, 2011
The new book Wildflower Wonders by Bob Gibbons is a superb introduction to many of the globe's floral hotspots. . . . This is a stunning book that should find a home on the shelves of many curious gardeners.---Hardy Perennial blog,
An excellent resource for planning where to go on your next trip or to just be enjoyed for its photos and information.---Sandy Steinman, Natural History Wanderings blog,
If your travel takes you to remote places, or you are interested in exploring the wonders of nature, you'll appreciate the book's listings of useful contacts, and tour operators. I know I'll be perusing the list of plant species on those winter nights when I'm immersed in the book's splendid images and vivid narratives, as I dream of my next sojourn.---Alice's Garden and Travel Buzz blog,
This book should be in any library, whether you are a bird watcher, photographer, or anything in between. The book can be used when visiting other countries and want to witness the spectacular scenery of Wildflower Wonders. This book would make a great gift for that nature enthusiast.---Tim Schreckengost, Words about Birds blog,
Whether you're a gardener, naturalist or traveler (armchair or actual) there's something appealing in this book. Gardeners will get inspiration from nature's bounty while travelers will appreciate tips on the best times to visit.---Craig Sailor, McClatchy Newspapers
More than just a coffee table book of pictures, though. Gibbons does an excellent job weaving together cultural and geological history with the ecology of the areas in ways I wish I could. His discussion of the settlement history of the Julian Alps or the unique geology of the Dolomites in Italy that differentiates its flora from nearby limestone grasslands. (Wild Plants Post)
In his latest book, accomplished botanist and photographer Bob Gibbons treats us to a smorgasbord of botanical delight--50 of the most flowery places on Planet Earth. Flicking through the 192 pages of Wildflower Wonders, the sites he spotlights are so colourful, it's hard to believe that they are real and not a cyberspace creation.---Ron Toft, The Travel Editor,
If you're any kind of gardener, or even simply like seeing pretty garden flowers, you will enjoy this. . . . Easy to pick up, browse, read all the way through, or just enjoy the photos, this is one book that you'll be glad to keep in your favorite reading spot, whether it's by the comfy chair, on the bedside table, or in the magazine rack in the reading room. I highly recommend Wildflower Wonders.---Alan Speakman, eBirdseed.com
Those who like nothing better than stopping to smell the flowers will feel their hearts skip a beat for naturalist Bob Gibbons' Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, 978-0-691-15229-5). 'Where' and 'when' are the operable terms in this unusually satisfying guide doing double duty as a beautiful coffee table book. . . . Painterly, educational, and inspiring, Gibbons' photographs could convert anyone to his pursuit.---Julie Eakin, Foreword Reviews
If you are a wildflower lover, but maybe less fond of trotting around the globe, then Wildflower Wonders provides an opportunity for a colorful virtual visit to some amazing places.---William Scheick, Texas Gardener
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"This stunningly beautiful book provides a wealth of information about when and where to see the world's most impressive displays of wildflowers. The text is a pleasure to read and readily conveys the author's enthusiasm for his subject. Wildflower lovers will be easily seduced by the vast flower-filled landscapes and intimate portraits of individual species. I can think of no other book like it."--Carol Gracie, coauthor ofWildflowers in the Field and Forest
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Page after page of breathtaking pictures of the unusual wildflowers of each region are a feast for the eye and a joy to behold. There is also a species list, useful contacts and details of tour operators to help plan one's field trip. Other magnificent locations to see wildflowers that have not been featured in the book are also listed by country.
I live surrounded by paddocks of verbena and many native Australian wild grasses, orchids and other wildflowers and was delighted to see the stunning colours of the Stirling Range and Kwongon Heaths of Western Australia featured in the book.
Wild birds and animals love wildflowers not just for food and shelter but also their medicinal properties. I've seen birds throng to drink heartily from a pot where the fallen petals of may flowers have been soaking. Many creatures that are unable to survive in urban areas thrive in the wild amongst the wild in nature's safe spots that still remain. The Hoary Marmot of Waterton Lakes, the silver-studded blue butterflies of Southern Transylvania, and the ringed-plover in the machair of the Outer Hebredes are some of the wildlife pictured in the book.
I loved reading about the giant orchids of Cypress, the anemones of Crete, the shimmering pink and purple hues of the wood cranesbill and bistort in the Upper Nerrayroux Valley. The golden hillside of the Carrizo Plain National Monument in California reminded me of the paddocks of yellow acacia's and yellow buttons growing wild around my home.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves the beauty of wildflowers and the spectacular array of colour in nature's fields, whether or not you are planning a trip round the world's best wildflower sites.