Common Wildflowers Of British Columbia
Book Review

Sept, J. Duane (2003)Common Wildflowers of British Columbia. (Editor: Audrey Owen) Calypso Publishing. ISBN: 0-9730390-0 (98 pages) softcover CAN. $10.95

Tuck it in your pocket or backpack or leave it on your coffee table; Common Wildflowers of British Columbia, is an invaluable book for anyone interested in learning more about BC's natural beauty. J. Duane Sept is both a naturalist and a photographer. His photo credits include Canadian Wildlife, Nature Canada, The Encyclopedia of British Columbia and many other prestigious publications in Canada and beyond. The photos alone would make this book a treat. But Duane has given so much more!

Information on 120 wildflowers includes common and scientific names, a detailed description, the habitat, and brief tidbits of interesting information. Those interested in aboriginal uses will be especially happy with Duane's research.

Duane has written general information on wildflower habitats. He includes a glossary of terms, an excellent index, and a checklist for those wanting to keep track of the flowers they have seen.

When I showed this book to our local bookseller, she literally grabbed it out of my hands, and for good reason. It is stunning. The blurb says, "Everyday and unusual data combine to take the reader beyond nature's beauty." And the book delivers!

I would recommend taking the ISBN and asking your local bookseller to order it for you from Sandhill Books, an independent book distributor.


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