I’ve carefully selected some of the primary references that I recommend owning in a physical copy. Please consider purchasing them here to support the educational mission of Herb Walks. Thanks, Lanny



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  • Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Plants For A Lush, Low-Water Landscape

    Author: Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren Publisher: Timber Press (2016) Paperback: 208 pages Images: 170 color photos From the publisher’s website: Home landscapes that require copious amounts of water simply aren’t an option anymore. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for barren expanses of rock mulch or artificial turf. California native plants can create a lush, […]

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West

    Author: Gregory L. Tilford Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company (1997) Paperback: 239 pages Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West is a full-color photographic guide to the identification, edibility, and medicinal uses of over 250 plant species, growing from Alaska to southern California, east across the Rocky Mountains and the Northern Plains to the Great […]

  • Ethnobotany of the California Indians, Vol. 1 & 2

                        Authors: Volume 1. A bibliography and index by Beatrice M. Beck (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden) Volume 2. Aboriginal uses of California’s indigenous plants by Sandra S. Strike, illustrated by Emily D. Roeder Publisher: Koeltz Scientific Books USA (1994) Paperback: Volume 1: 165 pages Volume […]

  • Field Guide to Common Plants of the Santa Barbara Foothills and Southern California

    Author: Hugh Margerum and David Powdrell Publisher: Cismontane Publishing; First Printing (2005) Paperback: 128 pages   PRICE REDUCED! The publisher reduced the price of this great book, one of my most popular,  from $17.95 to $12.95 so I’m passing on the savings to you. Intended to be taken along on the trail, this field guide […]

  • Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California

    Author: Richard W. Halsey Publisher: Sunbelt Publications (Second edition: 2008) Paperback: 216 pages Images: 64 color photos This is the best book available that describes in detail California’s most extensive plant community (the chaparral) as well as how to live safely in one of the most fire prone ecosystems on the planet. The book not […]

  • Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California

    Author: Nancy Dale Publisher: Capra Press; 1st Edition (March 1986) Paperback: 239 pages The book includes:        Plants organized within family groups        214 color photographs and 51 original botanical drawings        Details on 260 species from 63 families        Simple explanations of botanical terms     […]

  • Foraging California: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Wild Foods in California

    From the back cover: Author:  Christopher Nyerges Publisher: A Falcon Guide, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press (2014) Paperback: 244 pages From acorns, cactus, and yucca to mesquite, manzanita, and lab’s quarters — Foraging California guides readers to the edible wild foods and healthful herbs of the Golden State. Organized by plant families, this book […]

  • Gospel of the Redman: A Way of Life

    Authors: Ernest Thompson Seton and Julia M. Seton Publisher: Seton Village (1966 edition), originally published in 1935 Paperback: 109 pages Originator and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America, naturalist, author, and painter Ernest Thompson Seton, was born in England in 1860. His stories and paintings of wildlife are standard works on nature study and […]

  • Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West – Third Edition Revised

    Authors: Cecilia Garcia and James David Adams, Jr. Publisher: Abedus Press; Third Edition (Revised 2016) Perfect Paperback : 271 pages This remarkable book was written by a Chumash Indian Healer and a Professor of Pharmacology, making it a unique integration of the oldest and newest information on Western medicinal plants. Each plant is carefully presented […]

  • Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura: A complete guide to the trails of the southern Los Padres National Forest

    Author: Craig Carey Publisher: Wilderness Press (June 19, 2012) Paperback: 406 pages About the Book: Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura details nearly 100 of the finest routes through this section of the forest. It fills a huge gap in coverage of this great hiking and backpacking destination, leading the reader through the varied terrain […]