Robin Barber's Recommended Books

Below is a list of recommended books concerning the plants in our canyons, painters of San Diego, and closely related subjects. If you know of any additional books, please let me know and I'll add them to the list. Just 

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California Plants

Key to Coastal and Chaparral Flowering Plants of Southern California by Barbara Collins (September 2000).

Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California by Nancy Dale, California Native Plant Society (Photographer).

Growing California Native Plants by Marjorie D. Schmidt, Marjorie G. Schmidt (January 1981).

The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California by James C. Hickman (Editor), Willis Linn Jepson (April 1993). (This is very technical, but one of the most useful and complete books to key California plants.)

Introduction to California Plant Life by Robert Ornduff (June 1974).

Trees and Shrubs of California (California Natural History Guides) by John O. Sawyer (Illustrator), John D. Stuart (Illustrator).

An Island Called California: An Ecological Introduction to Its Natural Communities by Elna S. Bakker (December 1984).

A Natural History of California by Allan A. Schoenherr (February 1995).

California Herbal Remedies: The History and Uses of Native Medicinal Plants by Lolo Westrich, Jim Westrich (Photographer).

California Painters

Second Nature: Four Early San Diego Landscape Painters by Martin E. Petersen. (This is a truly wonderful book focusing on San Diego, though I think it is out of print. I got one at the San Diego Historical Society Museum a few years ago.)

Plein Air Painters of California, the Southland by Ruth Lilly Westphal (October 1982).

The Society of Six: California Colorists by Nancy Boas, Charles Eldredge (April 1997).

California Impressionists by Susan Landauer (Editor), et al (July 1996).

All Things Bright & Beautiful: California Impressionist Paintings from the Irvine Museum by William H. Gerdts, et al (January 1994).

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