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Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

By Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson

The Northwest's most complete field guide ever.


Featuring more than 1240 stunning color photographs, this comprehensive field guide will remain a trusted, authoritative trailside reference for years to come. It describes and illustrates 1220 commonly encountered species, both native and nonnative, including perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Encompassing the Pacific Northwest from southern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the mountains and high desert, this handy book is perfect for hikers, naturalists, native plant enthusiasts, and anyone wishing to learn about the amazingly diverse wildflowers of the region. Organized by flower color and shape, and including a range map for each flower described, it is as user-friendly as it is informative.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society Book Award

Media reviews

"A sturdy, handsome reference work that displays three flowers per page for more than 400 pages. ... The book gives even amateur nature gawkers the chance to quickly separate the daisies from the asters. Fine range maps."

—Terry Wood, Seattle Times

"Striking photography sets this book head and shoulders above others in the genre. ... This is a 'must have' book if you are traveling in the Northwest. I have several wildflower books from this area and this is simply the best I've seen."

—Lara Hartley, Victorville Daily Press

"Must-have. Quality. User-friendly. Colourful."

—Daniel Mosquin, Menziesia

"A 'third-generation' field guide, about as good as they get, useful to everyone interested in the flora of this region."

—Guy Nesom, Sida, Contributions to Botany

"Designed to be used in the field, with a durable, flexible binding and sturdy paper. There is a thorough bibliography, an extensive glossary and an index. Part of Timber Press' Field Guide series, this book is the most thorough on its subject."

—Dan Hays, Salem Statesman Journal

"With a clear and easy format, the authors promote the flora of this region with a particular emphasis on ... areas that are often glossed over by other guides. ... This indispensable, captivating guide will be a welcome companion."

—Monica Cipnic, American Society of Media Photographers Bulletin

"The beauty of this book ... comes from the clever way it is organized. Specimens are arranged by flower color and shape and a range map for each flower is included."

—Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Through their long hours, diligence, and dedication, Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson have given us a well-written and beautifully illustrated guide to the common wildflowers that hikers and travelers are likely to encounter while out and about in the Pacific Northwest."

—David Giblin, Douglasia

"The Northwest's most complete field guide ever, this lovely volume pictures 1,220 wildflowers that grow from the Siskiyous to southwestern British Columbia."

—Jim McCausland, Sunset

"Just in time for spring blooming ... an outstanding new guide to wildflowers of the Northwest from southern British Columbia to Northern California. ... An up-to-date reference to the entire region both east and west of the Cascades."

—Kym Pokorny, Oregonian

"Phyllis Gustafson and photographer Mark Turner make identifying wildflowers easy by breaking the book into sections by flower color. The book is durable and small enough to fit easily into a day pack or your car."

—Pat Munts, Spokesman Review

"This handy book is perfect for hikers, naturalists, native plant enthusiasts, and anyone wishing to learn about the amazingly diverse wildflowers of the region."

Rainy Side Gardeners

"The book was designed for amateur wildflower enthusiasts and people who want to learn more about colorful native plants."

—Bill Kettler, Medford Mail Tribune

"The book differs from previously published guides in several critical ways. Its scale alone sets it apart: there are descriptions for more than 1,200 flowering plants."

—Bill Kettler, Medford Mail Tribune

"Packing this softcover book up the trail will help you get to know the names and traits of the thousands of native plants that bloom in the Pacific Northwest, which the authors have divided into 20 specific ecoregions."

Field Notes

"The guide is so well organized, even beginning wildflower enthusiasts will be able to use it. The picture of the cover ... is a good sample of the spectacular color photos filling the pages of the field guide."

—Bill Andrus, East Oregonian

About the authors

Mark Turner

Mark Turner is a professional photographer who specializes in gardens and native plant environments. He combines a strong sense of photographic design, attention to detail, curiosity about both native and garden plants, and more than 30 years of exploring native plants in their environments.

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Phyllis Gustafson

Phyllis Gustafson ran a small seed-collection business specializing in Northwest natives and has worked with native plants in the nursery trade for more than 20 years. She is an officer of the North American Rock Garden Society and writes frequently for their bulletin.

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