Reviewed by Kathryn Caras, Director of Electronic and Serials Publishing
own a solace shut within my heart, A garden full of many a quaint delight And warm with drowsy, poppied sunshine;
with lilies out of whose cups dart Shining things With powdered wings.
Lowell, "Behind a Wall"
There is no better time for a gardener than spring with its
promise of regeneration and renewal. As
Rachel Carson said, "There is something infinitely healing in the repeated
refrains of nature—that assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after
winter." And what better herald for spring this year than the publication of Shrubs Large and Small: Natives and Ornamentals for Midwest Gardens,
the latest offering from the team of Moya L. Andrews and Gillian Harris?
Shrubs Large and Small is filled with
practical advice on what shrubs to plant among your perennials and how to
choose woody shrubs to help determine your garden’s architecture, to achieve
blooming throughout the season, and to add interest to the winter garden. Also
included are sections on selecting shrubs; shrubs that attract wildlife,
especially birds; and bringing flowers indoors, focusing on, among other
topics, forcing branches, the characteristics of American arrangements, and a
monthly sequence of materials provided by the shrub garden for arrangements.
showcases 20 of the authors' favorite shrubs and describes other
garden-worthy varieties. Many, referred
to as "natives," occur naturally east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio
rivers and from Minnesota to Arkansas. Others are imports from temperate
regions around the world. All are ideal for growing in the Midwest. Included
are viburnum, syringa, paeonia, ilex, cornus, and witch-hazel, among others.
Shrubs Large and Small is beautifully
illustrated by Gillian Harris, a natural science illustrator and an Indiana
Master Naturalist. Her botanically
correct, four-color drawings are scattered throughout the book, and illustrations
of the 20 "favorite" native and native deciduous shrubs are included in a section
entitled "Gallery." All are true works of art and make this not just a useful
and essential book for the gardener, but a book that can be treasured for its
Shrubs Large and Small complements
Andrews's and Harris's previous book Perennials Short and
Tall: A Seasonal Progression of Plants for Your Garden, which offers
advice on keeping your garden in bloom, chapters on each of the three growing
seasons, and profiles of 25 varieties of flowers, together with color illustrations. As a set or individually, these books make a
wonderful gift for you and the gardeners in your life.
"Augmented by numerous illustrations of traces made by both ancient and modern organisms, the book shows how ancient trace fossils directly relate to modern traces and tracemakers, among them, insects, grasses, crabs, shorebirds, alligators, and sea turtles. The result is an aesthetically appealing and scientifically accurate book that will serve as both a source book for scientists and for anyone interested in the natural history of the Georgia coast." —Birdbooker Report
"[V]ibrant texts, brimming with possibilities for rethinking, rereading, and reinflecting the links between perception, ontology, epistemology, politics, and ethics. ... [A]llow[s] for the possibility of further reflections on the material conditions of intellectual inquiry, and for what materialities our 'immaterial labors' might creatively enact, change, transform." —Women's Studies Quarterly
Reviewed by Laura Baich, electronic marketing manager
spring I anxiously wait to see if my daughter will outgrow her fear of flying
insects. Will 2013 be the year? I certainly hope so because this spring I really
want to enjoy the warm days outside instead of (futilely) attempting to
convince a shrieking child that a butterfly is silent, so no, it can’t possibly
“buzz” in your ear!
though she’s still not sold on the fact that butterflies can’t buzz, the one
thing we both agree on is that butterflies are beautiful. As long as they don’t
move, she enjoys looking at the butterflies that flock to the lavender in our
backyard (unfortunately, the bees like the lavender too, and they really do
buzz, which cuts short the butterfly observation time). Her favorite question
to ask is, “What kind of butterfly is that?” If it’s not a monarch, then I’m
stuck. Luckily, I have Jeffery E. Belth to help me out this year. His new field
of Indiana, covers all 149 species of butterflies and their close
relatives, the skippers (which, as NUVO points out, is “not
a friend of Barbie”).
includes more than 500 color photos and a handy key for telling the difference
between a butterfly, skipper, or moth (another creature feared by my daughter,
so we won’t go looking for those). In addition to providing a detailed
identification guide for each butterfly and skipper, the book also includes
useful information on where to look for butterflies, the best times of day to
see them, and how to look for them (silently, without sudden movements, which
will be hard for a 5-year-old). There are also good sections on the life cycle
of a butterfly and butterfly behavior, and the best way to photograph
butterflies. As a butterfly novice, I found the information in the book very easy to interpret, but it’s also very thorough, which more experienced lepidopterophiles
you ever wanted to know about butterflies (and more!) is included in this
compact guide. Get your copy today before the butterflies start “buzzing”
On Saturday, January 26, Emory professor Anthony Martin will give a talk about the Georgia Barrier Islands and his new book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast. The event takes place at Manuel's Tavern at 7 p.m. Suggested donation for non-students is $3. Books will be available for purchase at the event. More information about Dr. Martin's talk is available here.
"For beginners and experts, Butterflies of Indiana ... offers an
introduction to the natural history of butterflies. The simple and
intuitive design of this guide and its wealth of features make it a
faithful companion for butterfly watchers, collectors, gardeners,
birders, and naturalists."
"Dragonflies of Indiana includes sections on key identification
features, anatomy, life history, habitats, behavior, and flight seasons
of dragonflies; the history of dragonfly study in Indiana; and the
conservation value of dragonflies. It will be appreciated by all who
take wonder in the shimmer of dragonfly wings on a summer day."
"All 43 of the orchids now growing in Indiana are represented in this
handsome volume of detailed descriptions, range maps, and color
photographs, appealing to naturalists and orchid lovers everywhere."
"This attractive publication is as relevant to gardeners as it is to
natural areas biologists and plant taxonomists. The states covered by
this guide include: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and
Read the complete article on The Guardian's website.