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New Book from MFAC Faculty Phyllis Root

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Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between, by Phyllis Root (MFAC Faculty)
Photography by Kelly Povo
Published by University of Minnesota Press
May 2018

Visit Phyllis’ website

ABOUT THE BOOK

Once prairie grasses and flowers bloomed for hundreds of miles in the western part of what we now call Minnesota. Once tiny orchids grew among the roots of giant old pines, and fleeting blossoms sheltered in the shade of great maple and oak forests. These flowers that grew here for hundreds of years, though harder to find now, are still there, and this book shows you how to discover them.

Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers chronicles the ten years that Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo spent exploring Minnesota’s woods, prairies, hillsides, lakes, and bogs for wildflowers, taking pictures and notes, gathering clues, mapping the way for fellow flower hunters. This book is a treasure trove of plant lore and information, the perfect companion for anyone who wants to find—or simply to find out more about—shooting stars and kitten tails, prairie smoke and Dutchman’s breeches, blazing star and butterfly weed, and more native flowers than most Minnesotans imagine are blooming nearby.

Readers of Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers will learn where to look for wildflowers and how to identify them, whether in the woods, wetlands, peatlands, or the prairie in spring, summer, or fall; around the state’s 10,000 (or so) lakes; on the North Shore; or, especially, in Minnesota’s many great state parks. Featuring helpful tips, exquisite photographs, and the story of their own search as your guide, Phyllis and Kelly place the waiting wonder of Minnesota’s wildflowers within easy reach.

Visit the official book site here.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society Book Review


PUBLICATION EVENTS


PARK RAPIDS
When: Saturday, May 26, 12:00 PM
Where: Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery
              112 Third St. W.
              Park Rapids MN 56470
Presentation and books signing with tips on where to go and what to see in parks close by! Visit Beagle and Wolf for more information.

DULUTH
When: Saturday, June 9, 2:00 PM
Where: Zenith Bookstore
             318 N Central Ave.
             Duluth, MN 55807
Presentation and books signing with tips on where to go and what to see in parks close by! Visit Zenith Bookstore for more information.

LAKEVILLE
When: Thursday, June 14, 7:00 PM
Where: Dakota County Heritage Library
             20085 Heritage Drive
             Lakeville, MN 55044
Presentation and books signing with tips on where to go and what to see in parks close by! Visit Dakota County Library for more information.

CAMBRIDGE
When: Saturday, June 30, 12:00 PM
Where: Scout & Morgan Books
             114 Buchanan Street North
             Cambridge, MN 55008
Presentation and books signing with tips on where to go and what to see in parks close by! Visit Scout & Morgan Books for more information.

Congratulations, Phyllis!