While most gardeners enjoy practical books on gardening techniques and plants, sometimes it's nice to have a book that just wows you. The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants (Firefly Books, 2009) by Wolfgang Stuppy, Rob Kesseler, and Madeline Harley is a compilation of the best material from three previously published books: Pollen, Seeds, and Fruits. It features other-worldly, full-color photos of pollen, seeds, and fruits. The photos are striking close-ups, revealing an extraordinary world of shapes, colors, and sizes. While the book also contains botanical drawings and literary references, it's the photos that keep you coming back for more. Without the engaging text to describe the images, you might think the photographs were from a computer- generated, fantastical imagination.
For more information on this book, go to: Firefly Books.
Article published on November 17, 2009.