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Flora of Louisiana

Watercolor Drawings

218 pages / 9.00 x 12.00 inches / 66 full-color drawings, 156 black-and-white drawings

Botany Reference & Guides

  Hardcover / 9780807116647 / May 1991

Many years ago, during a long, confining illness in her native Australia, Margaret Stones whiled away the hours drawing the wildflowers friends placed at her bedside. Today she is acclaimed as one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists. Stones served for twenty-five years as the principal illustrator forCurtis's Botanical Magazine, contributing more than 400 drawings. She has also completed a six-volume illustrated work, The Endemic Flora of Tasmania, and has worked under commission for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, England, the Royal Horticultural Society of England, and similar institutions the world over.

In 1976, as part of the United States' bicentennial celebration, Louisiana State University commissioned Stones to execute six watercolor renderings of Louisiana flora. This initial project was so successful that Stones was asked to draw a much larger number of the state's native plants. Today Stones has completed more than 200 watercolors, all of which are maintained in the LSU Libraries' E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection. The drawings represent not only a collection of exquisite botanical art but an accurate scientific record of Louisiana's lush, varied, and beautiful flora.

Flora of Louisiana reproduces the great bulk of Stones's collection. The volume contains more than 200 pages of full-color and black-and-white illustrations. Each drawing is accompanied by a short text that gives information about the plant, including a physical description and details about habitat and growing conditions.

Margaret Stones is a member of the Order of the British Empire and the Order of Australia. She has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Silver Memorial Medal and Veitch Gold Memorial Medal and the Garden Club of America's prestigious Eloise Payne Luquer Medal for special achievement in the field of botany. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Melbourne and Louisiana State University. Stones resides in Kew, England, where she continues to work on privately commissioned drawings and other projects.

Lowell Urbatsch is associate professor of botany at Louisiana State University.

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