Drawing Botany Home

A Rooted Life

By (author): Lyn Baldwin
ISBN 9781771605922
Softcover | Publication Date: April 25, 2023
Book Dimensions: 6.5 in. x 8 in.
304 Pages
$30.00 CAD

About the Book

A beautifully illustrated natural history memoir that reminds the reader that re-storying our relationship with the plants of home can be our first step in restoring the world.

In a world made precarious by human mobility, all of us can learn from those who root in place. Plants surround us, yet all too often we ignore their quiet and complex lives. When a new job brings botanist and artist Lyn Baldwin back to her childhood home in southern British Columbia, she is challenged to confront both the cost of her mobility and the assumptions of her profession. If nearly three decades spent in motion gave Lyn scientific credentials and a career, it also made her a stranger to home and country. Lonely and homesick, Lyn runs outside. She doesn’t go far—rarely more than a day’s drive from Kamloops, BC—but within the pages of her field journal, the slow confluence of art and science allows Lyn to learn not just about but from the green wisdom of her neighbours.

Tutored by the plants of forest and garden, wilderness and wetland, Lyn realizes that her botany never has been, and never will be, a placeless science. Instead, Drawing Botany Home gives Lyn the metaphors to reconcile the dark horror of settler/Indigenous relations and the hard edges of her own childhood: poverty, a traumatic fire, unwanted stepfathers, a hippie mother.

About the Author(s)

Lyn Baldwin is an award-winning teacher and plant conservation biologist who uses art and science to help mitigate society’s extinction of experience with the botanical world. From her home in the sagebrush steppe and coniferous forest of the South Thompson Valley, Lyn teaches botany at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. For more than two decades, she has worked to cultivate care between the people and plants of place by sharing the stories she discovers, in her illustrated field journal; in art galleries and science museums; and in the pages of publications such as The Goose, Camas, Hamilton Arts and Letters, The Fourth River, Terrain, and The Journal of Natural History Education and Experience.