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Publisher Comments:

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 Californians is 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.

Synopsis:

"Sensitively and skillfully updated and expanded, this superb new edition of Lester Rowntree's much-loved classic will quickly become a classic itself. Insightful biographical material, new photos, comprehensive bibliography, and updated plant names add context and currency to an extraordinary book."—--Nora Harlow, coeditor of Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses

"At last Lester Rowntree's classic book Hardy Californians is in print again. What a treasure this book is! Lester was a true pioneer and her annual journey, starting in the desert, heading north through the foothills, then ending in the mountains is one that every reader will want to recreate."—Glenn Keator, author of Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California

About the Author

Lester Rowntree was born in England and spent much of her life in Carmel, California. In addition to Hardy Californians, she wrote The Flowering Shrubs of California and four children's books. Lester B. Rowntree, her grandson, is a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface to the 2006 Edition

About Lester: A Biographical Sketch, by Lester B. Rowntree and Rowan A. Rowntree

A Reflective Essay, by Judith Lowry

Authors Preface

1 Fools Gold

2 On Top of the World

3 Coming Down the Mountain—At Timber Line

4 Coming Down the Mountain—The Meadows

5 Coming Down the Mountain—Rivers and Forests Begin

6 The Contemned Buckwheats

7 Pentstemons

8 Lupins

9 Violas

10 North of San Francisco

11 Perennial Odds and Ends

12 Some of Californias Wild Bulbs

13 Some Annuals—But Not the Common Ones

14 How to Grow Them

Updated Species List, by Allison Green

A Bibliography of Lester Rowntrees Publications, by Rosemary Foster

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520250512
Author:
Rowntree, Lester
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Rowntree, Lester B.
Author:
Rowntree, Lester B.
Subject:
Wild flowers
Subject:
Native plants for cultivation
Subject:
Regional - West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
Native plants for cultivation -- California.
Subject:
Wild flowers -- California.
Subject:
Gardening : General
Subject:
Plants
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, New, expanded edition
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
81 b/w illustrations
Pages:
391
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 25 oz

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"Sensitively and skillfully updated and expanded, this superb new edition of Lester Rowntree's much-loved classic will quickly become a classic itself. Insightful biographical material, new photos, comprehensive bibliography, and updated plant names add context and currency to an extraordinary book."—--Nora Harlow, coeditor of Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses

"At last Lester Rowntree's classic book Hardy Californians is in print again. What a treasure this book is! Lester was a true pioneer and her annual journey, starting in the desert, heading north through the foothills, then ending in the mountains is one that every reader will want to recreate."—Glenn Keator, author of Complete Garden Guide to the Native Perennials of California

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