A Kentucky Summer Gardening Guide

The weather is warm and gardens are in full bloom. If you’re looking to grow your botanical collection this season or if you just enjoy perusing community gardens on the weekends, brush up on your knowledge of the Bluegrass State’s flora and fauna with these great titles. If you’re up for testing your knowledge of Kentucky flowers, take our quiz!

Vascular Plants Of Kentucky: An Annotated Checklist

Edited by Edward T. Browne and Raymond Athey
Lists more than 3,000 plant species and varieties, with complete information on distribution in the state, and reveals the current condition of botanical knowledge on Kentucky flora. LEARN MORE

Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States: A Field Guide

By Patricia Dalton Haragan
Because of its central location and geographical diversity, Kentucky is home today to perhaps the richest diversity of non-native plants east of the Rocky Mountains, and weeds make up a large component of the state’s flora and vegetation. Many of Kentucky’s weeds are immigrants that came to the New World from the Old and were brought to Kentucky by travelers, explorers, and settlers. This guide to the identification of 160 weeds commonly found in crops, pastures, turf, and along roadsides provides ecological, geographical, and ethnobotanical information with each species description. LEARN MORE

Gardening for the Birds

By Thomas G. Barnes
An easy-to-use guide to transforming your yard into an oasis for urban wildlife. Which birdseed attracts the most species of birds? What type of feeder is best to use? How do you deter squirrels? Barnes answers all these questions and more. He includes a plant encyclopedia of trees and shrubs native to the Upper South that attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and mammals. LEARN MORE

Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky

By Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis
Since Kentucky is situated at a biological crossroads in eastern North America, citizens and visitors to this beautiful state are likely to be greeted by an astonishing variety of wildflowers. This non-technical guide—featuring more than five hundred dazzling full-color photographs by award-winning photographer Thomas G. Barnes—is the state’s new, indispensable guide to the most common species in the Commonwealth. With this book, readers will learn to identify and appreciate Kentucky wildflowers and ferns by matching photographs and leaf line drawings to the more than six hundred and fifty species of flowers covered in the book. LEARN MORE

Plant Life of Kentucky: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Flora

By Ronald L. Jones
The first comprehensive account of the native and naturalized ferns, flowering herbs, and woody plants of Kentucky. Ronald L. Jones has compiled detailed identification keys to families, genera, and species. The plant family descriptions contain information on wildlife and human uses, important weeds, poisonous plants, and medicinal herbs, and the species accounts provide scientific and common names, flowering periods, habitat, physiographic distribution, state and federal designations, and wetland ranking. LEARN MORE

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky

By Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans
Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky provides an introduction to Kentucky’s signature rare plants with 220 full-color photographs by naturalist and award winning photographer Thomas G. Barnes. The book draws attention to the beauty of Kentucky’s old-growth forests, prairies, wetlands, and other habitats while focusing on the state’s endangered flora. LEARN MORE

The Olmsted Parks of Louisville: A Botanical Field Guide

By Patricia Dalton Haragan foreword by Susan M. Rademacher, Susan Wilson, Chris Bidwell, and Daniel H. Jones
The first authoritative manual on the 380 species of trees, herbaceous plants, shrubs, and vines populating the nearly 1,900 acres that comprise Cherokee, Seneca, Iroquois, Shawnee, and Chickasaw Parks. Designed for easy reference, this handy field guide includes detailed photos and maps as well as ecological and historical information about each park. LEARN MORE



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