Plant, Coffee Table Baiting

9780714871486-940-ahsPhotos by Penn, Steichen and other classic masters share the pages with some of today’s greatest photographers in this book. It brings our attention to flora in both natural and still-life settings, making this kind of debate irrelevant.

Floral arranging, an art form, can be seen as baiting, in a way. We are mindful of the fact that most of the world increasingly lives in urban settings. While our job is to provide access to the wonders of wild nature, there is a vital role for plants in the daily lives of urbanites to remind them to get back to nature from time to time. If this book provides coffee tables daily reminders of that imperative, we are all for baiting.

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Single Oriental Poppy (C), 1968 by Irving Penn. From Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant wins American Horticultural Society Book Award!

Plant is ‘an art exhibit in book form’ says one of the judges – and who are we to disagree?

Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books with its annual Book Award. These titles are judged on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality. 2017’s crop is in and, we are pleased to announce, that Plant: Exploring the Botanical World is one of the five books to receive the award. Yay.

This beautifully produced, hardback edition features 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever. Some are by little-known botanists, some by skilled amateurs – while others are the work of famous artists, such as Piet Mondrian, Yayoi Kusama, Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.

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Delphiniums by Edward Steichen, 1940. Dye imbibition print, 33 °— 23.4 cm / 13 °— 91/4 in George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York. From Plant

“Not only is this book a stunning visual feast,” says AHS panel judge Doug Oster, TV host and Home & Garden editor for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “but it also brims with fascinating details about the botanical art which graces its pages.”

Read the whole story here.

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