Hardy Californians A Woman's Life with Native Plants

ISBN-10: 0520250516

ISBN-13: 9780520250512

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lester Rowntree
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Description: Lester G. E. Rowntree (1879-1979), free-spirited adventurer and pioneering botanist, was fifty-two when she traded a comfortable home for the life of a peripatetic traveler in the California mountains, deserts, and forests. Through hundreds of magazine and journal articles, two acclaimed books, and uncounted public lectures, Rowntree shared her vast knowledge of California native plants and at the same time argued passionately for the protection of the state's bountiful flora. A mountain mystic who worshipped on Sierra peaks, bathed in alpine streams, and lived for months on beans and bread, Rowntree has remained an inspiration in native plant horticulture and plant conservation to this day. A beloved classic first published in 1936,Hardy Californiansis Rowntree's poetic sketch of California and its plant life. In charming prose, she takes us along on her annual seed-collecting journey through the state and gives a concise introduction to the complexities of California flora, climate, and geography. The book also gives information on the suitability of many native California plants for the garden. This new edition includes a comprehensive biographical essay, a chapter on Rowntree's horticultural legacy, an updated species list, and a complete bibliography of her writings.

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540

List of Illustrations
Preface to the 2006 Edition
About Lester: A Biographical Sketch
A Reflective Essay
Author's Preface
Fool's Gold
On Top of the World
Coming Down the Mountain--At Timber Line
Coming Down the Mountain--The Meadows
Coming Down the Mountain--Rivers and Forests Begin
The Contemned Buckwheats
Pentstemons
Lupins
Violas
North of San Francisco
Perennial Odds and Ends
Some of California's Wild Bulbs
Some Annuals--But Not the Common Ones
How to Grow Them
Updated Species List
A Bibliography of Lester Rowntree's Publications
Index
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