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British educator and author Keith Critchlow, founder of the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Programme of the Royal College of Art, puts forth his views on the role or value of flowers in the environment. In this work, he examines flowers from different perspectives, not just for their reproductive characteristics. This includes but is not limited to their form, geometry, social, and psychological perspectives. In his summary he contends that “flowers have been so instrumental forming human ideas of paradise.” His notions are supported by a broad range of illustrations that celebrate the great beauty of flowers in a variety of forms.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden