New England

November, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Umass Extension Weed Herbarium
Want to see pictures and get information to help you identify weeds in our region? The UMass Extension Weed Herbarium lists 311 weeds common to our region, along with a description of the parts of each plant, information on its life cycle and multiple images. There are currently over 2300 images in the herbarium!

Books

Botanical Drawing
Want a winter project that will help you appreciate the intricacy and beauty of plants? Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color by Wendy Hollender (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010,$24.99) will lead you through the steps needed to produce scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, artistically rendered illustrations of leaves, flowers and all the parts of a plant. The book is organized in a step-by-step workbook format, beginning with advice on gathering art supplies and materials and progressing to advanced techniques such as composition planning. Hollender, a botanical illustrator who works at the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, emphasizes that drawing plants can be a joyful process of discovery and connection with the natural world, no matter what your level of drawing skill. A feast for the eye, the book is beautifully illustrated with Hollender's drawings.

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