CSU, Chico News

Authors’ Talk and Book Signing for ‘Wildflowers of Table Mountain, a Naturalist’s Guide—2nd Edition’ on Thursday

Date: 02-21-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Lawrence Janeway
Chico State Herbarium

A new and expanded edition of "Wildflowers of Table Mountain, a Naturalist's Guide" by Albin Bills and Samantha Mackey Hillaire has more photos of wildflowers and even more information about the plants of Table Mountain than the first edition. The book is both an illustrated field guide for use by visitors from the general public and a reference for all known plants on Table Mountain that can be used by more accomplished botanists. It is published by Studies from the Herbarium, Chico State Herbarium.

“Wildflowers of Table Mountain” is an expression of local talent and love for the area. Written by Northern California botanists Bills (a professor of biology at Butte College) and Hillaire (Garcia and Associates), it is illustrated by Larry Jansen, designed by Carole Montgomery, Department of Communication Design, and Elizabeth Quivey, a graduate of communication design and employee of the North State Symphony.

Bills describes the formation of Table Mountain in the introduction to the book: "Set against the rounded foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada, about five miles north of the town of Oroville, the mountain's dramatic cliffs and distinctive flat top rise hundreds of feet above the Sacramento Valley. What was once an ancient stream of lava flowing down a broad river channel is now an elevated plateau perched above the surrounding terrain. Growing on top of this improbable platform are the extraordinary flower gardens that we chronicle in this book."

Bills and Hillaire will be at Lyon Books this Thursday, Feb. 23 for an authors’ talk and book signing at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Studies from the Herbarium, CSU, Chico is a nonprofit endeavor through which professional and amateur botanists study, document and publish information on the flora of Butte County and Northern California.