Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is the first field guide devoted exclusively to Georgia's wildflowers, while also including a large number of plants found in neighboring states. Organized in a clear and logical way, Linda G. Chafin's guide is both scientific and accessible to those who aren't professional botanists. The guide includes nontechnical species descriptions and comparisons with similar plants, information on the habitats and natural communities that support Georgia's wildflowers, and suggestions for the best places and times to see wildflowers. Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States includes descriptions of the wildflowers found in forests, woodlands, and wetlands, as well as those growing along roadsides that are often dismissed as "weeds" but may first attract the attention of budding naturalists.
Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, USA author of Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida (Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), 2000) and co-author of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species in Forests of Florida (FNAI, 2003).
Hugh and Carol Nourse's photographs and writings about wildflowers have appeared in American Gardener, Backpacker, Nature Photographer and Wildflower magazines, and they have lectured widely on the subject. Volunteer photographers for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The Nourses are the authors of Wildflowers of Georgia, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia. Both have been officers in the Georgia Botanical Society. They are also members of the Georgia Native Plant Society and volunteers in the Botanical Guardians Project for the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance. They have been honored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for their volunteer work as photographers, and they received a grant from the Natural Heritage Program of the Department of Natural Resources to photograph rare plants for the program's image collection.
"In exploring and enjoying Georgia's amazing diversity of wildflowers and other native flora, a good field guide is invaluable to help identify, understand and learn more about the plants. Now, we have the first guidebook ever devoted exclusively to the state – Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States [...] The well-organized field guide is written and laid out in a manner that will appeal to professional botanists as well as budding naturalists – and to anyone curious about what they are seeing in Georgia's woods, fields, wetlands and even along roadsides."
– Charles Seabrook, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Surrounding States is meant to be just that – a book meant to travel, literally, a field guide hikers in Georgia and nearby states can take along on their explorations, and will let them find pretty quickly what that pretty flower is, off the highway, off the Appalachian trail or deep in a south Georgia bog."
– Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald