New York City is defined by a certain kind of grit and perseverance, its history sprinkled with stories of unlikely successes found where most would not have thought to go. The flora and fauna of the five boroughs are no exception, and Wildflowers of New York City introduces the reader to some of the over 2,000 wildflowers that eke out an existence there.
Andrew Garn's stunning photography invites us to look, and then look again – to appreciate the marvels that we might have otherwise passed by. Through his lens, the humble burdock and chicory become works of art. Pokeweed assumes an ethereal beauty.
Wildflowers of New York City encourages readers to take the time to notice the hidden, to seek out and reflect on the overlooked beauty in crowded spaces, and to wonder at these tenacious plants that thrive and prosper in ways and places we might never expect.
Andrew Garn is a New York City photographer and writer who specializes in subjects in the natural world. He is the author of The New York Pigeon.
"Most often we see nature as landscape, a sum (and more) or the many. Andrew Garn asks us to see the world of New York City's plants as a collection of remarkable, detailed, and close up portraits. These portraits are remarkable, vivid, and individual – each a singular beauty."
– David Maddox, Executive Director, The Nature of Cities
"A dazzling, comprehensive visual reference of native plants for everyone to use and enjoy."
– Jill Bressler, cofounder of NYC Wildflower Week
"Andrew Garn's startlingly beautiful images, magnified up close or serendipitously situated in the five boroughs, capture the exotic nature of wildflowers in our midst and remind us of their importance to urban habitats and ecosystems."
– Kathryn Heintz, Executive Director, New York City Audubon