Vegetation Management Coordinator
New England Wild Flower Society
"New Guide to New England Wildflowers"
Mark your calendar for the next NEBC Meeting with Ted Elliman on May 13, 2016, at Garden In The Woods, Framingham, MA.
The newly-published Wildflowers of New England is an identification guide to approximately 1,100 species of native and naturalized herbaceous flowering plants and small shrubs in the New England landscape. Author Ted Elliman of the New England Wild Flower Society will discuss a number of topics involved in the planning, writing, and goals of the book, including:
- How the book differs from previous popular field guides to the region's flora.
- How the guide's key is organized.
- The species chosen for inclusion (and exclusion).
- Sources and selection of photographs.
- The matter of presenting technically accurate species information that is accessible and practical for the layperson.
- Ambiguities in the organization process (for example, if a flower may be either white or red, how did he decide where to place it in the book).
- Aspects of communications between the publisher-editor and the author in the writing process.
Copies of Wildflowers of New England will be available for sale at the NEWFS Garden Shop/Visitor Center. Price is $25.00 (NEWFS members' price $22.50)
Dr. William G. Farlow of Harvard University invites Dr. George G. Kennedy (and 15 others) to his home on December 10, 1895, to determine "whether or not it is possible to unite those most interested in the study of our local flora into some sort of society." Thus the New England Botanical Club was formed 120 years ago this month.