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Books filed under "History"

The Garden Plants of China by Peter Valder

The definitive guide, from roses to peonies — no garden can thrive without plants from China. $49.95$34.97

Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman

An extraordinary compilation of the plants used by North American native peoples for medicine, food, fiber, dye, and a host of other things. $79.95$55.97

The Orchid in Lore and Legend by Luigi Berliocchi

This elegant survey of the orchid treats its place in legend and suggests the impact that these exotic plants had on the temperate European mind.

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940 by Denise Wiles Adams

The history behind the changing plant palette of American gardens.

Once Upon a Windowsill: A History of Indoor Plants by Tovah Martin

A chronological account of the introduction of houseplants in America.

A History of the Orchid by Merle A. Reinikka

An engaging account of humanity's growing fascination with orchids from ancient times onward.

Columbines: Aquilegia, Paraquilegia, and Semiaquilegia by Robert Nold

A gardener's guide to 65 species of the popular and lovely columbine.

A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature by Bobby J. Ward

A survey of plants, with a multitude of references to myth and literature throughout the ages.

A World of Faces: Masks of the Northwest Coast Indians by Edward Malin

An exploration of the meaning behind the treasured masks created by artisans for ritual purposes or simply for enjoyment.

Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline by Richard Evans Schultes and Siri von Reis

A comprehensive summary of the history and modern state of the field of ethnobotany.

The Natural History of Medicinal Plants by Judith Sumner

A fascinating look into the history of plants in medicine which details the range of chemicals produced by medicinal plants.

Totem Poles of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Edward Malin

Examines the creation of totem poles from the Tlingit settlements of Alaska to the Kwakiutl villages of Vancouver Island.