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Botany in a Day : Thomas J. Epels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families

Elpel, Thomas J.

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ISBN 10: 1892784076 / ISBN 13: 9781892784070
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Title: Botany in a Day : Thomas J. Epels Herbal ...

Publisher: Mountain Pr

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Now you can cut years off the process of learning about plants. Learn how related plants have similar features for identification. Discover how they often have similar properties and similar uses. Toms book takes you beyond the details towards a greater understanding of the patterns among plants. Most plant books cover only one or two hundred species. Botany in a Day includes more than 100 plant families and over 700 generaincluding edible and medicinal usesapplicable to many thousands of species.

With this book you will be able to recognize patterns in plants everywhere you goin the wild, in your garden, among house plants, even at the florist. Understand the magic of patterns among plants, and the world will never look the same again!

Many people recognize plants from the Mint family because they have square stalks, opposite leaves and most of them smell minty. I like to start my classes with a discussion of the the Mints because this pattern is so well known. What people dont realize is that similar patterns exist for other families of plants as well. Simply put, the study of botany is the study of patterns in plants!

Learning patterns in plants is fun, and you only need to learn about 100 broad patterns to recognize something about virtually every plant from coast to coast across the northern latitdudes.

In a two hour plant walk we typically start with the Mint Family, then progress through the Mustard, Pea, Parsley, Borage, Lily and Aster Families, so that every student can easily recognize these common families representing several thousand species. Ive had people tell me they learned more in that two hour walk than in an entire semester of botany in college. Thomas J. Elpel, Botany in a Day AUTHORBIO: Thomas J. Elpel had the rare opportunity as a child to spend hundreds of hours with his grandmother, exploring the hills and meadows of Montana. Toms grandmother helped him to learn about the native plants and their uses, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired Tom ever since.

Tom is now the director of Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School (HOPS) in Pony, Montana where he teaches classes on stone age skills, including botany. Botany in a Day grew from Toms desire to provide an easy means for other people to discover a closer connection with the natural world. Tom is also the author of three other books inspired by nature, including: Participating in Nature, Direct Pointing to Real Wealth and Living Homes.


Botany in a Day has my highest recommendation for anyonebeginner or expert interested in plants. Herbalists, naturalists, gardeners, and especially those involved in teaching outdoor and survival skills will wonder how they ever managed without this superb book. -- Susun S. Weed, DirectorWise Woman CenterWoodstock, New York

Botany in a Day is exactly what I needed for my botany classes. It goes beyond what is available in the standard field key, providing a wealth of information on individual families. Now my students are able to key local flora confidently, knowing they have reached the correct family by referring to Botany in a Days detailed descriptions and pictures. They can become truly acquainted with the familys characteristics, constituents, medicinal uses, and patterns. I personally love all the stories about the edible plants, which describe in delicious detail how long it takes to collect and prepare each one. -- Garima FairfaxRocky Mountain Center for Botanical StudiesBoulder, Colorado

Botany in a Day truly has the potential to become one of the most useful botany and herbal primers ever written. -- Peter Gail, Ph.D.Goosefoot Acres Center for Resourceful LivingCleveland, Ohio

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