Sarah Raven's Wild Flowers

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In a new, practical format - the stunning book celebrating British wild flowers by award-winning garden writer Sarah Raven.

Inspired by childhood excursions with her botanist father, Sarah Raven has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.

This lavishly illustrated book is divided by habitat, covering woods, downs and dales, lanes and hedgerows, meadows, coast, marshes ...

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Overview

In a new, practical format - the stunning book celebrating British wild flowers by award-winning garden writer Sarah Raven.

Inspired by childhood excursions with her botanist father, Sarah Raven has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.

This lavishly illustrated book is divided by habitat, covering woods, downs and dales, lanes and hedgerows, meadows, coast, marshes and streams, moors and mountains, and wasteland. Sarah introduces a wide range of plants, telling you their names and something about them. Discover pulsatillas, fritillaries, bluebells, wild garlic, harebells, forget-me-nots, foxgloves, wood spurge, silverweed,purple cranesbill, deadly nightshade, St John's wort, comfrey, orchids,wood sorrel, snowdrops and more.

There are glorious landscape photographs by Jonathan Buckley throughout, and one of his stunning plant portraits accompanies each of Sarah's authoritative, captivating species descriptions. Informative and lovely, Sarah Raven's Wild Flowers is a botanical marvel.

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Broadcaster, teacher, and writer Raven's (Sarah Raven's Food for Friends and Family) beautiful guide to 500 of Britain's wildflowers is arranged by habitats such as "Lane," "Wall and Hedge," "Meadow," "Water & Wetlands," and "Heath, Moor and Mountain." Each entry contains a personal story from the author about the species as well as botanical information. The indexes make finding flowers by petal color or common, Latin, or family name quick and easy. The glossary of botanical terms includes two pages of line drawings. Buckley, winner of the Garden Writers' Guild's 2004 "Features Photographer of the Year" award, offers lush color photographs on almost every page. Range maps would have been a helpful addition, but this is a beautiful and informative presentation nonetheless. The size of this book lends it to leisurely and delightful browsing after a walk rather than use as a field guide. VERDICT Nature lovers and wildflower enthusiasts will delight in the author's intimate approach and will learn from the informative and beautiful entries.—Frances Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax Cty., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408833759
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. She has made regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme; she runs her own cookery and gardening school at Perch Hill in East Sussex; and she is the author ofSarah Raven's Food for Family and Friends, The Cutting Garden, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook (which was the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book of the Year 2008) and Sarah Raven's Complete Christmas.

Jonathan Buckley specialises in garden and plant photography and has been working with Sarah Raven, taking photographs at Perch Hill, for ten years. He was awarded the title Garden Writers' Guild Features Photographer of the Year in 2004.

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