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A Botanist's Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated

By Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell

An essential addition to the home and botanical library alike.

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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.

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"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."

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"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."

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

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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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