At the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course (sponsored by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation) in Newport News Jan 13 and 14, I will be giving two talks, and selling our book for $25, signed by Helen, Gus and Louise. Check out the schedule for this event – many, many good presentations for home gardeners and nature enthusiasts! www.mahsc.org
Our book can now be purchased in several ways:
1) from the author, $25.00, signed by Helen, Gus and Louise. Helen is available for presentations on native plants and wildlife
2) from Ebay, $25.00, signed by Helen, Gus and Louise, free shipping and handling
3) from Amazon, $22.46 plus tax $2.31, S/H also applies
Contact Helen at 757 564 4494 or email@example.com
I have a supply of the book, signed by the 3 authors, available for purchase at plant walks, talks, and meetings where I am speaking. The cost is $25.00, cash or check. Contact me at 757 564 4494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The books are in the Texas warehouse of BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) and may be ordered via a paper order form from: http://www.brit.org/brit-press/books/VAwildflowers. Soon BRIT will have a live order form on their website, which will eliminate the paper order blank.
The book is on www.amazon.com at a sale price of $22.46 plus $2.31 tax = $24.77, if you have free shipping.
Retailers qualify for a 40% discount from the sale price of $24.95. Orders can be placed with Ms. Zoe Gossett 817-332-4441 x 264.
Additionally, I have a supply at my home that I am selling at cost, $25.00, so call me! 757 564 4494
All copies of the book are in the BRIT Texas warehouse .. pre-orders should be shipped soon!
We have received four testimonials for our book – see them all here, arranged in the order they were received
Terrestrial Biologist/Watchable Wildlife Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
This guide’s beautiful photography and detailed plant descriptions will be
valuable for beginning naturalists and experienced botanists alike. Having a
regional guide simplifies identification by limiting the possibilities to only the plants found in the area. This volume will be a great companion to technical manuals like “The Flora of Virginia” and will definitely be a well-worn part of my field library.
Johnny Townsend, Botanist, Virginia Department of
Conservation and Recreation
Wildflowers and Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain is much more than a field guide to the region. The scientific accuracy
of the volume is augmented by the useful and idiosyncratic text which is woven throughout. This style of writing allows
the reader to painlessly obtain a well-rounded education in taxonomy and species relationships, the derivation of scientific
names, uses of plants by humans, quirks of plant habitats and distributions, and innumerable fascinating and useful facts that seldom appear in any plant guide. With the inclusion of grass-like species, the book also ventures into territory often neglected by popular botanical texts. In short, the reader will become well-informed and enjoy the process!
Chris Lea, Consulting Botanist and former Vegetation Ecologist, U.S. National Park Service:
Helen Hamilton and Gus Hall have produced an outstanding guide that has some thoughtful features that will make it popular. The excellent and instructive photographs frequently portray the plants at both the “big picture” and the closeup scales; this will greatly help users in recognizing the species. Accounts of uses for the plants and the origin of give much human interest to the descriptions. Wildflowers and Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain is a great introduction to the flora of this fascinating region by two field botanists who know it so well.
Nicky Staunton, VNPS Vice President and Past President for three terms. Flora of Virginia Project Board and Botanical Illustrator
The wildflowers and grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain, native or naturalized, chose excellent human friends to deliver their story to anyone desiring to know plants they see in the region.
VNPS members Helen Hamilton and Gustavus Hall have created a book with helpful identification clues and interesting facts specific to the species in focus: secrets of pollination, uses and more.
A handy color tab on each page to match with a flower color in front of you is an appreciated shortcut to information and identification. The grass section is especially valuable to those of us who do not know our grasses identification. Their book is a must-have for folks new to the coastal plain and for those of us who can always learn more about the wildflowers and grasses that we see and appreciate.
Our book will be stocked in the outlets at Colonial Williamsburg! And the director of Wintergreen Nature Foundation has invited us to speak at the Wildflower Symposium in May, with a book signing. So glad our book will be getting in front of the public soon!
The entire shipment from the Korean printer is scheduled to arrive at the BRIT warehouse in Texas August 19, and pre-orders will be filled soon after. So, if you have ordered a copy of our book, look for its arrival by the end of this month. Very exciting news for us!
PreOrderForm Wildflower Book
Louise and I have completed all proofing of the text, index, and the cover. We found very few errors, and the entire manuscript is now back to BRIT for transmission to the Korean printer. We should have a publication date soon!
Meanwhile, please use the Pre-Order form to order your copy which will be mailed directly from BRIT, our publisher.
Several small plants bloom early in the spring and cover fields, roadsides, and grassy areas with a wave of purple color. The smallest are the tiny bluets, not more than 1/2″ in diameter with 4 rose-purple petals and an orangey-red center. Both henbit and purple dead nettle (so named because it lacks stinging hairs) can cover large fields, seen from the roadway as a purple wash.
The bluets are native to coastal counties but the other two are introduced species, native to Eurasia.