July 9, 2009
Written by: Barbara Brannon
Texas Tech University Press recently published a field guide to Texas wildflowers just in time for the summer.
LaShara J. Nieland and Willa F. Finley, co-authors of “Lone Star Wildflowers: A Guide to Texas Flowering Plants,” will sign copies of their book as part of Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day is 1 to 4 p.m. July 26 at the wildflower center at 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. Admission to the center is free all day.
From the Panhandle canyons to the islands of South Texas, from the eastern Pineywoods to the farthest reaches of the arid Trans-Pecos, some 5,000 species dot Texas’ 268,820 square miles. Each spring, locals and visitors revel in the color palettes and variety of the many species of Texas wildflowers. Now “Lone Star Wildflowers” offers easy identification through color grouping and a wealth of insight.
Nieland and Finley, Texas natives who have worked together on wildflower research and school presentations since their college days at Abilene Christian University, developed their easy-to-follow guidebook after years of experience in teaching secondary school science students how to recognize and appreciate Texas wildflower species. Through their experiences, they observed that flower enthusiasts could most easily identify flowers by color groupings.More information about “Lone Star Wildflowers” is available at www.lonestarwildflowers.net. Publicity materials, including a hi-res cover image and author headshots, are available at http://www.ttup.ttu.edu/Book%20Pages/9780896726444.html Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Barbara Brannon, marketing manager, Texas Tech University Press, (806) 742-2982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.