The flora of Armenia is one of the most diverse in the world and includes many favourite garden plants and their relatives. Tamar Galstyan has travelled the length and breadth of her native country to bring us this essential companion for plant enthusiasts and botanists that describes more than 1000 plants including bulbs, herbaceous plants, woody plants, grasses and ferns. Spectacular photos bring the plants vividly to life and each entry includes a full plant description to aid identification and accompanying distribution map. This is a wonderful way of getting to know the plants of this fascinating country whether exploring at home or in the field.
Tamar Galstyan graduated from the University of Art and Theatre in Yerevan, Armenia. After some years she studied ecology and worked with children as an ecology teacher. Tamar began travelling regularly in Armenia, taking numerous pictures of plants and identifying them. She created a website to help her students learn about the Armenian flora and this led to her popular Facebook page 'Plants of Armenia'. In 2012 Tamar was invited to guide a botany trip in Armenia. Gradually the geographical range of her trips expanded and some are managed through her own travel company, SkyGreen. Travels in Georgia, Iran and Central Asia deepened Tamar’s love of nature as well as her plant knowledge. She learns by travelling and is passionate about sharing what she has learnt during the past nine years guiding botany trips.
"Wow! This is a remarkable and significant contribution to the literature of the region. The photography is exceptional and despite my vast botanical library I've not seen at least 50% of the plants in any other book of this nature."
– Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator Denver Botanic Gardens