Google full text of our books:


Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast:
A Natural History
Carol Gracie
With a foreword by Eric Lamont

Book Description | Table of Contents


"A wonderful resource. In addition to providing more than 500 photographs illustrating the plants and concepts discussed in the text, this book also explores the lore and cultural uses of more than 35 species of spring-flowering natives. Author Gracie is a naturalist, photographer, and writer who was for many years an educator and tour leader with the New York Botanical Garden. Let her take you on a literary and photographic tour of our region's spring wildflowers, then go out in the woods and fields to enjoy them in wild!"--Susan Littlefield, National Gardening Association newsletter

"There is quite simply a wealth of information here; everything you ever wanted to know about wildflowers but maybe didn't know how or who to ask. . . . This is a book that deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to know more about these wonderful plants."--Gardening with Nature blog

"Interested in digging deeper into wildflowers? This is the book for you. Carol Gracie's Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History reads like a college text with some of the yummiest photos I've seen in a long time."--Marie Iannotti, Gardening

"This engaging book is a great way to become acquainted with the secret lives of colorful flowers that thrive without a gardener's care. Their common names are as unforgettable as they are descriptive. Meet Jack-in-the-pulpit, Blue-eyed Mary, lady's slippers, Dutchman's breeches and more in this loving appreciation of their considerable charms."--Valerie Sudol, Newark Star-Ledger

"If you're an insufferable nature nerd, like me, you will love this book. . . . It's more than a guide to the beauties of spring. It is a beautiful, hardcover natural history lesson."--Justine Weber, Nemesis Bird blog

"In the comprehensive, well-written and lavishly illustrated book, you'll encounter wildflowers you may already know and love . . . as well as ones you'd be delighted to meet."--Bill Cary, Journal News

"[A] very readable text that is lavishly accompanied by Carol's photographs. It's a pretty book as well, from the velvety black cover to the color coordinated text panels, and the clean, crisply designed pages. Carol has tried to avoid overly scientific jargon, but the technical terms are there when necessary. The blend should appeal to a wide audience. . . . [T]his a very special, enjoyable and informative book."--Robin A. Jess, Botanical Artist

"Anyone with even the most casual interest in plants will be drawn to this book by the beauty, quality, and quantity of the author's photographs. As for the text, Gracie, a writer, naturalist, and educator, has wisely chosen depth rather than breadth by providing life history details of 35 signature wildflowers of northeastern North America. There is scholarly substance in her treatments, but the prose is easy to read and is without off-putting citations in the text. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast is really a model of how to take the next step beyond merely learning to identify plants from a field guide to understanding how they function in their forested ecosystems--the parts they play in the intricate web of life. This reviewer also appreciated learning about how the plants got their names, and the whys and wherefores of recent name changes."--Choice

"What a welcome addition to wildflower literature! This is the ideal book for readers of all levels of expertise, from the professional botanist to the armchair naturalist. . . . I salute this gifted plantswoman for focusing on the beauty and intricacies of northeastern wildflowers, adding a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the flora of the United States."--Jane Austin Bruckner, Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

"The inner front dust cover flap calls this a 'book unlike any other,' and that is certainly true. This is an exquisite collection of essays on over 30 species of spring wildflowers indigenous to the northeastern United States and Canada. The author, an accomplished botanist and author, has poured her enthusiasm and passion for wildflowers into this marvelous volume."--Robert J. Krueger, Economic Botany

"Carol Gracie's book will find a place not only on the coffee table, but also as supplemental reading in such courses as field botany, plant taxonomy and Northeastern natural history. High School librarians will find this a wonderful way to introduce real-world botany back into the consciousness of a biology curriculum now practically devoid of biological interest. Spring Wildflowers is a delight to the eye and the mind. At the price, it is a 'steal' and should be acquired by all naturalists in the region."--Andrew M. Greller, Ph.D, Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society

"It would be a pity if the titular 'Northeast' causes persons from other areas, including Canada, to overlook this distinctive book that is such a fascinating browse and read. Thanks, Carol Gracie, for reviving my memories of grad-student years at Ann Arbor with your splendid work describing skunk cabbage, that harbinger of spring, as well as other beauties of the season."--Rudolf Schmid, TAXON

"This new guidebook from an expert botanist and accomplished photographer is a rare hybrid, offering a wealth of scientific information in a way that is accessible. . . . Each section includes conventional wildflower portraits, but it is the closeups that are the most fascinating. Tepals, sepals, stamens, spathes (and many more terms usually relegated to inscrutable botany tomes) come alive, becoming understandable parts of the inner workings of plants."--Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens

"Hundreds of photographs illuminate this book, making it a keeper for any enthusiast of wild plants."--Jodi DeLong, Chronicle Herald

"This is not your usual field guide, but a detailed and intimate exploration of the natural history of the spring flowering plants we are most familiar with. . . . Highly recommended."--Thomas Brock, Prairie Promoter

"In the Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, Carol Gracie lets us experience spring any time of the year."--Maryann Whitman, Wild Ones Journal

"Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast combines facts and trivia with luscious photographs depicting some of the region's showiest and most interesting spring-blooming native or naturalized wildflowers. Naturalist and photographer Carol Gracie's conversational style makes this field guide not only useful but also an entertaining read as it describes these plants' features, habit, history, uses, and ecosystem associations."--Caroline Bristol, American Gardner

"The book is very cozy to read and Gracie presents complex subjects such as molecular systematics in a very understandable, conversational manner. Over all, it provides the reader with an intimate look at the fascinating and complex life histories of these plants and goes way beyond just appreciating a spring wild flower for its pretty face. I hope to see Gracie write additional books that will provide such great insight into other groups of plants found in this region."--Sasha W. Eisenman, Bartonia

"What sets this book apart from others is the breadth and depth of information. . . . The beauty of the photos may tempt you to leave the book out as a coffee table book; it may also convert you into a wildflower enthusiast."--Edna Troiano, Washington Gardener

"Gracie . . . has created the ‘go to' book for understanding the dynamics of these spring-time ‘wonders.'"--Gail Hamsher, The Real Dirt


"This is a wonderful collection of essays on some of our favorite early spring wildflowers, taking readers way beyond the typical coverage of identity, general habitat, and range. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast is an excellent, unique, and exceptionally well-illustrated book, a wonderful addition to our literature on wildflowers."--Garrett E. Crow, professor emeritus, University of New Hampshire

Return to Book Description

File created: 4/24/2017

Questions and comments to:
Princeton University Press

Princeton APPS
Field Guides
Identification Guides
Checklists & Pocket Guides
Photographic Guides
Crossley ID Guides
New Book E-Mails
Freshman Reading
Birds/Natural History Catalog
PUP Blog
For Reviewers
Exam/Desk Copy
Contact Us
PUP Home
PUP Europe

Bookmark and Share