Official State Flowers and Trees
Their Unique Stories
About the Book
Official State Flowers and Trees: Their Unique Stories arranges the histories of the trees and flowers chosen by each of the states and territories of the United States into an entertaining, informative, and comprehensive guide to the honored species. Over the years, Americans have approached the choices of naming their states’ and territories’ official choices with passion. In this guide, Glynda Joy Nord explores the details of these intriguing stories and, with a plant-lover’s touch, holds up each tree and flower, revealing the distinctive elements of each choice. Dedicating a chapter to each state and territory, Official State Flowers and Trees presents the flowers and trees through detailed line drawings, followed by the unique stories that tell how people came to choose them and what physical traits they found attractive. Additional background stories delve into the poetry, mythology, history, and biology tied to each species. You may see references to state flowers and trees on license plates, old postage stamps, state seals, and commemorative coins. You might notice the trees and flowers around you as you travel. If you then begin to wonder about the stories of those plants, then Official State Flowers and Trees: Their Unique Stories will help you satisfy your curiosity as you learn about their beauty, their histories, and the decisions that made them this country’s official symbols.
About the Author
Glynda Joy Nord, a retired florist, writes an online column, “Austin Flowers and Trees,” for Examiner.com. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, she lived in a variety of places in the Northeast and South. She and Richard, her husband, live in Round Rock, Texas.