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?
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Plant: Exploring the Botanical World
Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

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. 

 

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

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.

 

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

Fellow judge, Susan Hines, a garden expert from Hyattsville, Maryland, agreed, describing plant as “an art exhibit in book form that provides tidbits of knowledge without being the least bit pedantic.”

 

 Herbarium sheet, c.1839–46 Pressed flowers on woven paper, 33 × 49.5 cm / 13 × 19½ in Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As reproduced in Plant
Herbarium sheet, c.1839–46 Pressed flowers on woven paper, 33 × 49.5 cm / 13 × 19½ in Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As reproduced in Plant

Want to see more of the book they're all raving about? Then take a look at our Art of the Plant series, wherein we take a look at botanical images made by KusamaMondrian, van Gogh and da Vinci, as well as Emily Dickinson, Rob Kesseler, Thomas Ruff, Edward Steichen, Marc Quinn, Irving Penn and Ellsworth Kelly.

And check out the book in the store. Because if you do it NOW you'll be pleasantly surprised. Were offering 30% off when you use code PLANT30 at checkout - today only. 

 


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