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Review Text from Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest

"The Pacific Northwest is a region rich in native wildflowers that are sought after by gardeners the world over. This work, which is a further rendition of the original edition entitled Wild Flowers of British Columbia, written in 1973 and then expanded as Wild Flowers of the Pacific Northwest in 1976, is a treasure for gardeners, botanists, and plant lovers of all persuasions. The photography is absolutely exquisite. Unlike many present-day field guides with their postage-size plant images, the photographs in this work are large, at minimum a quarter of a page in size. The photographs are clear and sharp with true colors. Aside from its obvious botanical value, this is also a beautiful book.

This work is not a primary identification tool or meant to be used as a field guide. The gardener must already know either the common or Latin name in order to locate a particular species in the book. The sheer size and heft of the book would also discourage the botanist from packing it on a plant identification field trip. The work is arranged by families, with each species within the group described in a very poetic, descriptive style that captures the charm and beauty of the plant. Each entry includes interesting historical references, clear description of the species, and a vignette of the plant in its habitat. The text of the work is completely unchanged from the original edition, which testifies to the writing skills of Clark, who died in 1974. During the intervening years since the 1st edition appeared, plant taxonomists working with the nomenclature of North American flora have produced many changes in the names of genera, species, and authors, among others. Rather than integrate these changes into the original text, the taxonomic changes that have occurred are listed at the end of the book. The original bibliography has also been updated to a small degree. Aside from these two additions and the inclusion of a few more panoramic photographs at the front of the book, the work remains fundamentally the same as the 1976 version. Every library that serves botanists and gardeners must have this classic work in its collection." -American Reference Books Annual