When it’s late winter in the Northern hemisphere—I live in Upstate New York and the snow is finally receding—it’s hard to be cheerful. It’s hard to move, it’s hard to go outside. It’s... READ MORE
Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit
written by Teri Dunn Chace, with photography by Robert Llewellyn (Timber Press)
“A powerful book,” says Hassert, that provides a “fresh, enticing look at seeds.” While the lavish photographs show “seeds in all their glory,” says Van Nest, the book also includes “informative discussions that explain the journey that each seed takes.” Cox notes that, “when it comes to the plant world, seeds really are the source of everything. And when we look closely at them like this book does, we can see why and it is thrilling.”
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“An uplifting, fun, totally interesting book filed with some of the most beautiful photos you’ve ever seen. This would be a great book for any nature lover, for anyone at all interested in plants or horticulture…the writing is clear, crisp, and surprisingly, often funny. Informative and beautifully done, Seeing Seeds is a classy book in all regards. Highly recommended!” –Thomas Leo Ogren, author of Allergy-Free Gardening: The Revolutionary Guide to Healthy Landscaping
Occasionally an unsavory foreign relative of a native plant worms its way into and ultimately alters the gene pool, as is apparently the case with alders…All this brings to mind that pivotal moment in the sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain when a scientist exclaims in panic, “There’ll be a thousand mutations! It will spread everywhere! We’ll never be rid of it!”
Remember that oxygen is also important in a compost pile. It allows the naturally occurring microorganisms to break down the materials you toss in. Poke holes in and stir up the layered pile occasionally with a stick or shovel handle. Don’t worry about messing up the layers; this isn’t a chocolate cake.
About Teri Dunn Chace:
A writer and an editor with a broad range of expertise and interests, Teri has a taste for exploration and a talent for bringing back stories and information that resonate with insight and wonder—whether she’s examining flowers, pie, or small-town life. She has over 35 books in publication, including the 2016 AHS award-winner Seeing Seeds and two that were named to amazon.com’s “Best Books of 2013.” She’s also enjoyed a long and fruitful career in magazine publishing, website content/blogging, and direct marketing—her experience and skill in these areas has been an asset for diverse clients. Her vivid catalog copy once won the industry’s highest award.
If a theme runs through her work, it’s attentiveness to details both seen and felt. “Some days I feel like I am grappling with what Melville called ‘the ungraspable phantom of life,’” she says. “And yet this writing life continues to be a rewarding voyage of discovery.”
She’s available for presentations based on her books.