This literal botanical bible takes me back to the pre-Internet encyclopedia days, when every bit of information known to man about a topic was crammed into a single book, possibly two, three or more if that book got too large.
Sonya Patel Ellis, the author, has done an incredible job of squeezing the entire world of plants - from their birth and evolution, to the ways in which they feed, heal and inspire us - into just 414 pages. Reading the scientific definitions of "plants" and "flowers" alone has made me aware of how little I actually knew about the plant world prior to reading this!
While Chapters 1 and 2 are mostly informative and fascinating, Chapters 3, 4 and 5 encourage the reader to engage more with plants in many ways, offering advice on growing and foraging, recipes and how to "eat the seasons", and ending with botanical remedies for the body and home.
This book would make a wonderful reference book for a botany enthusiast, or a lovely coffee table book for anyone really thanks to it's gorgeous hard cover and stunning photographs and illustrations. The florist in me was especially enamoured by the historic floral drawings and the section spotlighting floral illustrators, painters, drawers and artists (it was a proud moment seeing one of our very own florists featured in the "art" section).
This book is a keepsake, one that can be passed down for generations.
Publisher's Blurb: This stunning gift book is part history, part science, part beauty book, part cookbook and part art book.
It will appeal to anyone wanting to use plants and flowers in modern life, whether they are an accomplished gardener or are simply yearning for a more natural life.
This comprehensive guide to plants, flowers and botanicals covers a host of practical uses, features vintage illustrations alongside the work of current artists, and is sure to be an inspiration to anyone interested in the natural world.