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Wildflowers Across America

Lady Bird Johnson, Carlton B. Lees

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ISBN 10: 0896597709 / ISBN 13: 9780896597709
Published by Abbeville Press September 1999, 1999
Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. No price posted on the front flap. First Edition, Third printing. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. National Wildflower Research Center and Abbeville Press, New York:, 1988. Fine in light purple cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with a blind embossed decoration on the front board and purple end sheets. A square octavo measuring 9' in both directions. There is a blind embossed seal from the Nature Company on the author signed, tipped-in page. In a fine unclipped dust jacket with one inch closetear at the spine. Signed by former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and her co-author, Carlton B. Lees, on a tipped-in page preceding the fly title page. 309 pages including an index and an index of listed flowers, sources for seeds, a selected bibliography and text. Extensively illustrated with color photographs augmented with wonderfully detailed color paintings. Bookseller Inventory # 20100812105994

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Title: Wildflowers Across America

Publisher: Abbeville Press September 1999

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed By Author

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Synopsis:

With page after page of breathtaking photographs, this highly praised volume is a veritable bouquet of hundreds of America's favorite wildflowers, arranged by region. In the text Lady Bird Johnson, in collaboration with an eminent horticulturist, makes a compelling argument for the preservation and proliferation of the natural beauty of our country's native flora. Since her childhood Mrs. Johnson has loved wildflowers, and on her seventieth birthday she founded a research center, now known as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, with the aim of encouraging the use of more native plants and flowers in gardens and landscaping. This book includes a foreword by Mrs. Johnson, as well as up-to-date information about the Center.
The book also deals with such practical matters as how to establish your own wildflower meadow and where to get the seeds if you need them. Wildflowers Across America is an invaluable guide to one of our country's most varied and lovely resources, written by one of her most gracious ladies.

Review:

Wildflowers Across America is a serious treatise on the status of plants native to North America. It's also a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book with hundreds of gorgeous photographs that will convince you that no fancy cultivar could match the glowing beauty of a field of lupinus texensis, more commonly known as Texas bluebonnets. Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady and the most visible proponent of indigenous botany, and well-known horticulturist Carlton B. Lees take turns describing their adventures with wildflowers, the history of plant exploration, regional plants, and the landscape beautification movement that Mrs. Johnson popularized and still vigorously supports. The lovely regional portfolio in the middle of the book is particularly interesting.

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