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The Natural Gardens of North Carolina
     

The Natural Gardens of North Carolina

by B. W. Wells, Lawrence S. Earley (Introduction), Dorothy Wilbur-Brooks (Illustrator)
 

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For seventy years, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina has been a must-read volume for anyone interested in wildflowers, native plants, ecology, or conservation in the state. This handsome revised edition features new line drawings and color photographs, an appendix that updates the botanical nomenclature, an introduction that focuses on B. W. Wells and his

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For seventy years, The Natural Gardens of North Carolina has been a must-read volume for anyone interested in wildflowers, native plants, ecology, or conservation in the state. This handsome revised edition features new line drawings and color photographs, an appendix that updates the botanical nomenclature, an introduction that focuses on B. W. Wells and his passion for the state's landscape, and an afterword that discusses the continuing relevance of Wells's ideas.

One of the first scientists to write and lecture about ecology, Wells introduced North Carolinians to the extraordinary tapestry of "natural gardens," or plant communities, within the state's borders back in 1932. His purpose was to help readers understand a plant within its community--a pioneering concept at the time--and to promote conservation. Moving from the Atlantic coast westward, Wells identifies eleven major natural gardens: the sand dune community, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, swamp forest, aquatic vegetation, evergreen shrub bog (or pocosin), grass-sedge bog (or savanna), sandhill, old-field community, upland forest, and high mountain spruce-fir forest. He devotes the first part of his book to a general account of the vegetation and habitats of each community and then identifies and describes the wildflowers found there.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you want to appreciate the plants of North Carolina, you need to become acquainted with B.W. Wells' Natural Gardens."
The Carrboro Citizen

A real contribution to botanical literature. (Nature)

"It is seldom that scientific exactness and charm of description go hand in hand, but Professor Wells has combined these happily. (Asheville Citizen)"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826676
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/04/2002
Series:
Chapel Hill Books Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

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From the Publisher
The best-known contribution by Bertram Whittier Wells to popular literature on botany and plant ecology of North Carolina. . . . Anyone with a love of North Carolina's natural history must read, and will undoubtedly want to own, this revised edition of The Natural Gardens of North Carolina.--Southeastern Biology

This revised edition enriches the original by featuring color photographs, new line drawings, and an appendix that modernizes botanical terminology.--Our State

If you want to appreciate the plants of North Carolina, you need to become acquainted with B.W. Wells' Natural Gardens.--The Carrboro Citizen

A real contribution to botanical literature.--Nature

A book for anyone concerned with native plants and their future.--Country Gardens

It is seldom that scientific exactness and charm of description go hand in hand, but Professor Wells has combined these happily.--Asheville Citizen

How fortunate we are to have B. W. Wells's classic volume available once again! The combination of his clear and sometimes poetic writing on North Carolina's rich natural heritage, the new drawings by Dorothy S. Wilbur-Brooks, and Lawrence S. Earley's illuminating and updating introduction and afterword make this an extremely valuable contribution to the literature on southeastern plant communities.--Darrel Morrison, University of Georgia

The Natural Gardens of North Carolina is a classic, combining good science and evocative prose with a sense of wonder and discovery. Rather than simply describing native plants, it helps you understand the challenges plants face and why they grow where they do. If you love North Carolina, you'll love this book.--Steve Bender, senior writer, Southern Living

Meet the Author

The late B. W. Wells (1884-1978) was professor and chair of the Department of Botany at North Carolina State College in Raleigh from 1919 to 1949. He was a pioneer in the field of ecology and an ardent conservationist.

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