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Wildflowers Across Texas


Now that summer's here, we can look back at spring's wildflower smattering and agree that while the flowers were lovely (as always), perhaps spring 2002 didn't provide the most extravagant of wildflower displays in memory. But as they say, if it weren't for the valleys, we couldn't appreciate the peaks.

We hope our annual April wildflower issue helped you make peace with the seasonal whims of Mother Nature, and we have another solution, too: Pick up a copy of Wildflowers across Texas (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co.), the new coffee-table book by longtime Texas Highways contributors Laurence and Patricia Caperton Parent, whose journalistic repertoires range from flowers to sea-kayaking. Wildflowers across Texas boasts an introduction by First Lady Laura Bush and includes more than 100 gorgeous images of blooms in Texas, from the pink-magenta blossoms of Mexican buckeye trees in the Chisos Mountains to prairie spiderwort in Palmetto State Park.

Find Wildflowers across Texas in bookstores ($34.95). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the First Lady's "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn" initiative.

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