Have you ever really looked at a flower?We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises, and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge.

Seeing Flowers is a visual feast that gloriously highlights 343 popular garden flowers. Using a unique photo process that includes stitching together large macro photographs, Robert Llewellyn reveals details that few have ever seen: the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils; the subtle shadings on a petal; the secret recesses of nectar tubes. Teri Dunn Chace’s lyrical and illuminating essays complement these images and offer insights on each flower, by exploring its distinguishing characteristics and sharing fascinating tidbits, tales, and lore. Together, Llewellyn and Chace give the reader a deeper appreciation of how and why flowers have become so deeply embedded in human culture.

Whether you’re a nature lover, a gardener, a photography buff, or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty and variety of the floral world, Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight.

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Featured in the Wall Street Journal, “In Full Bloom,” May 23, 2013.

Named to Top Books of the Year 2013, Financial Times (London), Gardening. Judge Jane Owen remarked: “Flower porn. I defy anyone not to be seduced by these portraits – even hydrangeas look like works of art. Accompanied by neat text explaining familial characteristics from Amaryllis to Viola.”

Showcased in Parade Magazine’s online edition, November 2013.


“343 blooms in such extraordinary detail that you feel you’re glimpsing the garden from an insect’s perspective.” Sunset Magazine, “Best of the West,” September 2013.

(c) Robert Llewellyn
columbine (c) Robert Llewellyn

“For anyone who wants to know more about flowering plant families and see some stunning photographs of flowers…the author writes about 28 different flowering plant families. Reading about each one is like talking to a family member who knows all about the rest of the family–who belongs in the family, who belonged once before but has been cast out, their quirks, their foibles, all kinds of interesting tidbits. The pictures are amazing, showing lots of details that we often miss, even when we are holding the flower in our hand. Even the captions for the photos contain great info and should not be skipped over. I think that gardeners of all levels of experience will find this book to be readable, enjoyable, and useful. Plant addicts should be warned that this book will definitely feed your addiction and you’ll read about more plants that you want to have in your garden.” Carol J. Michel on amazon.com

“…a feast for the eyes and soul – an elegant blend of photos and text that kept me turning pages.” Gregory Horne on amazon.com

“This is one of those books which you can pick up and put down after enjoying the pictures then pick it up again to read the text of one family then another family. I really enjoyed this book. I like the scientific correctness of this book, since I am a Horticulture PhD.” Gail S. Lee on amazon.com

“The images maintain the same heartbreaking clarity you’d find in a 19th century botanical illustration…” Chantal Aida Gordon. Read the full review @ The Horticult.com