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Posted September 9, 2002
By far the most beautiful wildflower guide I've ever used. Each flower photo is a full page in size, none of that 6-8 photos on a page so that you can't make out any detail. And what photos! Joe and Monica Cook's photographic skills really shine here. I'm almost thinking of buying a second copy, just so I can frame some of the pictures. I was also tired of using books that just told me how to identify a plant. Adkins tells you that, but also much more--medicinal uses, how a plant got its name, why is grows where it does or why it is a particular shape. Tell me a flower has five sepals, four petals, etc. and I won't remember, but give me a story and the plant comes alive. The book won the National Outdoor Book Award, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award and, amazingly for what is essentially a photo book, a Virginia Literary Award. All justified in my mind.
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Posted November 17, 2006
Full-color, full page photographs of each wildlfower makes it easy to identify flowers out in the field. Yet, the photos are so stunningly beautiful that this book could easily qualify as a coffee table book. The author's descriptions of the flowers go way beyond just identifying them. The plant 'biographies' (as I call them) provide entire backgrounds on the plants that are often overlooked by most other field guides. You learn why a plant grows where it does, why it's shaped the way it is, how it got its common or scientific name, folklore, traditional and modern medicinal uses, its role in history, and much, much more. There are even references to specific places where you may find each plant on the AT. This is not your typical dull or ordinary wildflower guide. It's a visual feast for the eyes and a great, informative tome on one the AT's most distinctive features--the wildflowers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.