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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  • Birds of Southern California: A Guide to Common and Notable Species

    Photos & Text: Greg R. Homel Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2014) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Birds of Southern California is a quick and easy to use, light-weight, durable, all-weather field guide to the incredibly varied birdlife of Southern California, from the coast to the mountains to the inland deserts, Salton Sea […]

  • Butterflies of Southern California: A Guide to Common and Notable Species

    Photos & Text: Jim Brock Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2014) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Butterflies of Southern California—including the desert, mountains and metro areas—beautifully illustrates 84 species of butterfly and nearly all of the corresponding caterpillar forms found in Southern California. This pocket-sized guide features color photos in a side-by-side format […]

  • California Chaparral: An Elfin Forest

    Author: W. S. Head Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers; First Edition (June 1972) Paperback: 96 pages “The California Chaparral, by W. S. Head, is 100 pages of narrative style descriptions of plants, animals, birds, and reptiles of the drier chaparral region. Many illustrations illuminate the book and help in the identification of plants and animals….The author lived […]

  • California Field Atlas

    Author: Obi Kaufmann Publisher: Heyday Books (2017) Paperback: 608 pp. Images: 300 full-color maps and illustrations Winner of the 2018 NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest). This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based […]

  • California Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Evergreen Huckleberries to Wild Ginger

    Author: Judith Larner Lowry Publisher: Timber Press (2014) Paperback: 344 pages From the publisher’s website: The diversity of California’s terrain and climate are a forager’s dream, with unique offerings from the coast, the mountains, the deserts, and everywhere in between. A passionate wild foods expert, Judith Larner Lowry shows you what to look for and how to gather […]

  • California Native Plants for the Garden

      Authors: Carol Bornstein, David Fross, Bart O’Brien Publisher: Cachuma Press (2005) Paperback: 280 pages Recipient of the 2006 Book Award from the American Horticultural Society. California Native Plants for the Garden is a comprehensive resource that will appeal to every gardener who has an interest in California’s unique flora. Featuring more than 500 plants and illustrated […]

  • California’s Chumash Indians

    Project Coordinators:  Lynne McCall and Rosalind Perry Publisher: EZ Nature Books (revised edition 2002) Paperback: 280 pages A project of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Education Center. The most complete summary of Chumash life and culture, accessible to all audiences. Compiled by a team of Museum scholars and educators. EZ Nature Books, revised edition 2002. […]

  • Chaparral Shrublands of Southern California: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants & Animals

    Photos & Text: Various authors Publisher: Waterford Press (2016) Waterproof Pocket Naturalist® Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Chaparral – the shrub-dominated landscape found in-between the coast and the mountains – is California’s most extensive ecosystem and can be found in every single county in the state. This beautifully illustrated guide – produced with the assistance of […]

  • Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California

    Author: Jan Timbrook (with botanical watercolors by Chris Chapman) Publisher: Heyday Books (2007) Paperback: 271 pages Published in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Chumash people have lived in coastal California from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara for thousands of years. Their homeland is an area of uncommon biological richness and diversity, featuring over […]

  • Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West

    Author: Muriel Sweet Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers, Inc. (June 1976) Paperback: 64 pages One of the original classics on this subject is still around and still at a great, affordable price. If you want to know how Native Americans, pioneers, and the early Spanish-Americans used many of the common wild plants of the west for food, building shelters, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West

    Author: Michael Moore Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (1989) Paperback: 368 pages, 28 color plates, 75 black-and-white illustrations This classic work on medicinal herbs of the Western uplands is an authoritative presentation of more than 100 species. Unsurpassed as a field guide for its authoritative information on collection and medicinal preparation. Focuses on the plant […]

  • Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West

    Author: Michael Moore Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press, Revised Expanded edition (August 2003) Paperback: 368 pages   From the back cover: Herbalist Michael Moore, one of the founders of the modern herbal medicine movement in the United States, here updates in expanded form his classic work Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West, the indispensable […]

  • Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West

    Author: Michael Moore Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (2011) Paperback: 359 pages From the back cover: In Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, Michael Moore, renowned herbalist, teacher, and author of several medicinal plant books, presents a one-of-a-kind guide to over 300 species of plants geographically ranging from Baja California to Alaska. This uniquely […]

  • New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir

    Author: Pascal Baudar Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (March, 2016) Hardcover: 432 pages With detailed recipes for ferments, infusions, spices, and other preparations From the publisher’s website: Wild foods are increasingly popular, as evidenced by the number of new books about identifying plants and foraging ingredients, as well as those written by chefs about culinary creations that incorporate wild […]

  • Ojai Trails

    Brand new 2014 edition is out! Now expanded to 24 trails. A fold-out map of the Ojai Ranger District of the Southern Los Padres National Forest and guide to 24 Ojai hiking trails. A joint publication of Los Padres Forest Association and the Ojai Ranger District Office of the USDA Forest Service. Trails included: Murietta Trail […]

  • Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A pocket manual for identifying Pacific Coast trees

    Author: Tom Watts Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishing; Second edition (2004) Paperback: 63 pages The classic key to identifying native trees of the Pacific Coast, updated to reflect changes in the names of trees since publication of the first edition. Identifies native trees, and some widely introduced or naturalized species, of the Pacific Coast region, from British Columbia to Baja […]

  • Peterson Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs

    Authors: Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company: 2002 Hardbound: 442 pages The most complete work on the medicinal plants of western North America, this guide offers the best information in the world on the nearly 500 species covered, much of it available for the first time. More than 530 color photographs illustrate […]

  • Raptors of Western North America: A Comprehensive Guide to All Species

    Photos & Text: Kevin T. Karlson Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2016) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: Raptors of Western North America contains over 120 color photos of all the raptors that occur west of the Rocky mountains in the continental United States and Canadian provinces. Multiple photos for many species show a variety […]

  • Roadside Plants of Southern California

    Now available at a discount price of $7.95. Previous price was $15.00. Author: Thomas J. Belzer Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company (June 1, 1984) Paperback: 158 pages “Belzer devised this guide for the person who enjoys the outdoors and wishes to know more about the native plants of Southern California but may not have much […]

  • Snakes of Southern California: A Guide to Common and Notable Species

    Photos & Text: Bradford D. Hollingsworth Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2016) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: This fact-filled identification guide is an excellent resource for all outdoor and nature enthusiasts. It describes 26 species of snakes commonly found along the coast, mountains, and deserts of Southern California, including 6 venomous snakes. The guide also features color […]

  • Ugly Little Greens: Gourmet Dishes Crafted from Foraged Ingredients

    Author: Mia Wasilevich Publisher: Page Street Publishing (May 16, 2017) Paperback: 224 pages Unique Recipes for the Adventurous Cook From the back cover: Ugly Little Greens is the must-have foraging guide and cookbook for anyone looking to up their game in the kitchen. Mia Wasilevich shares the notes and dishes she’s cultivated over the years while working as […]

  • Wildcrafting Brewer: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients

    Author: Pascal Baudar Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (February, 2018) Paperback: 304 pages Primitive beers, country wines, herbal meads, natural sodas, and more From the publisher’s website: The art of brewing doesn’t stop at the usual ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. In fact, the origins of brewing involve a whole galaxy of wild and cultivated plants, fruits, […]

  • Wildflowers of Southern California: A Guide to Common Native Species

    Text: Steven Hartman Photos: Edge of Eden Publisher: Quick Reference Publishing (2013) Waterproof Field Guide: Six laminated fold-out panels Publisher’s Description: People exploring nature in Southern California can use this handy photographic field guide to identify common native wildflower species. The flowers in the guide are grouped by color to make identification as easy as possible, and […]

  • Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains – Second Edition

    Author: Milt McAuley Photography: James P. Kenney Publisher: Canyon Publishing Company (1996) Paperback: 565 pages; 496 color photos Now out of print, this classic flora of Southern California is available here brand-new at the original 1996 price. The last remaining copies were discovered by the publisher and offered to us so that we can pass them on to you at the low […]