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Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway
     

Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway

by J. Anthony Alderman
 

The Blue Ridge Parkway, winding along the backbone of the southern Appalachian Mountains, is cherished for its grand vistas and massive mountain peaks, but nestled in the recreation areas, overlooks, and hiking trails that line its length are a wealth of smaller, equally beautiful gems. Hundreds of species of colorful wildflowers thrive among the misty glades, open

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The Blue Ridge Parkway, winding along the backbone of the southern Appalachian Mountains, is cherished for its grand vistas and massive mountain peaks, but nestled in the recreation areas, overlooks, and hiking trails that line its length are a wealth of smaller, equally beautiful gems. Hundreds of species of colorful wildflowers thrive among the misty glades, open fields, and marshy streambanks along the Parkway. J. Anthony Alderman's invaluable Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway will help the visitor locate, identify, and enjoy many of these seasonal treasures. Illustrated with close-up color photographs, this field guide covers roughly 275 species of flowers that the casual visitor could expect to encounter along the Parkway. Clearly written descriptions aid in each plant's identification and offer interesting details, including notes on how Native Americans and early settlers used various species for food, medicine, and clothing. Finally, the book includes a tour guide and map that identify 75 of the best, most easily accessible sites for viewing wildflowers along the Parkway, listing by season which species can be found blooming at each site.

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From the Publisher
[U]seful to anyone in the east who likes to look up the wildflowers they see in bloom.

Virginia Explorer

Just what a guidebook should be: easy to use, handy-sized, fact-filled and even pretty to look at.

Blue Ridge Country

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846513
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/12/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
On my next Parkway trip, I plan to take . . . Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway.—Horticulture

J. Anthony Alderman has done a superb job of providing the nature lover with a wonderful field guide to wildflowers that grow along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many of these flowers grow in other areas, so the book will prove useful to anyone in the east who likes to look up the wildflowers they see in bloom. For those who delight in stopping at overlooks and places of interest along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this book is essential.—Virginia Explorer

Just what a guidebook should be: easy to use, handy-sized, fact-filled and even pretty to look at. . . . A valuable book to put in the glovebox for any parkway drive.—Blue Ridge Country

Meet the Author

Wildlife photographer and naturalist J. Anthony Alderman lives in Burlington, North Carolina. He has long been active in environmental issues, especially those affecting the birds and wildflowers of the Southeast.

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