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A Botanist's Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated

By Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell

A splendid ready-reference title that will be eagerly embraced by the green-thumbed.

Library Journal

Gardeners are inherently curious. They make note of a plant label in a botanical garden and then go home to learn more. They pick up fallen blossoms to examine them closer. They spend hours reading plant catalogs. But they are often unable to accurately name or describe their discoveries. A Botanist’s Vocabulary gives gardeners and naturalists a better understanding of what they see and a way to categorize and organize the natural world in which they are so intimately involved. Through concise definitions and detailed black and white illustrations, it defines 1300 words commonly used by botanists, naturalists, and gardeners to describe plants.

Media reviews

"A best reference pick. This handy and elegant illustrated glossary features over 1,300 terms used by botanists and home gardeners. Beautiful and finely detailed black-and-white drawings illuminate the minute differences among everything from aggregate fruits to zygomorphic flowers. A splendid ready-reference title that will be eagerly embraced by the green-thumbed."

Library Journal

"Not only vital to understanding landscape architecture as it is transmitted in the written word, but also for communicating its expressive depth.…​Terms here are explicated in brief and illustrated by elegant, clear line drawings."

Landscape Architecture

"If the meanings of words like rhizomes, xeric, or rosettes do not immediately come to mind, you might be interested in another terrific book of the season, A Botanist’s Vocabulary. These words are among 1,700 explanations, many of which are accompanied by drawings showing exactly what these terms and phrases represent."

Better Homes and Gardens

"Bobbi Angell’s incisive illustrations not only show the botanical structures clearly, but the plant subjects are carefully chosen to be recognizable to many."

Gardens Illustrated

"If you don’t know your palmate from your pandurate leaf, you may find this well laid-out guide to botanical terms a wonderful resource.…​it’s possible to enrich your whole gardening experience, whether you’re a botany student, a gardener or simply someone who wants to learn more about plants."

The Guardian

"Students, gardeners, and even professional botanists will find much to like in this expanded glossary, with its concise definitions and elegant drawings ... Botany reference collections will find this a welcome addition for users of all levels."

Booklist

"There are very few books that I believe are truly essential to good gardening. I suspect, though, that this may turn out to be one of the select few."

Garden Rant

"The library staff at The New York Botanical Garden has been eagerly awaiting A Botanist’s Vocabulary's arrival on the market and in our collection ... For lovers of plants and for lovers of language, A Botanist’s Vocabulary is an essential addition to the home and botanical library alike."

NYBG Plant Talk

About the authors

Susan K. Pell

Susan K. Pell, Ph.D., former Director of Science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is the Science and Public Programs Manager at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

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Bobbi Angell

Bobbi Angell is primarily a scientific illustrator for the New York Botanical Garden and other academic institutions; her richly detailed pen and ink illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and commercial publications, including the New York Times Garden Q&A column.

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