A Field Guide to the Plants of Armenia

A Field Guide to the Plants of Armenia: The first English language guide to Armenian Plants by Tamar Galstyan

£35 │ ISBN: 9781999734589 │ 28th October 2021

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The flora of Armenia is one of the most diverse and interesting 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.

Read the reviews:

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 at Denver Botanic Gardens

“Reading the author’s introduction I was struck by how the love and enthusiasm she has for the plants of her homeland has driven Tamar Galsytan to seek and then share this knowledge” Ian Young, Scottish Rock Garden Club 

“You can find dozens (if not hundreds) of guidebooks to the flowers of Europe, North America—even the Himalayas. But there is nothing for the Caucasus …. Armenia lies in the heart of the Caucasus, and Tamar Galstyan’s monumental field guide does much to fill a colossal void.” Panayoti Kelaidis, Pacific Horticulture

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