The Beauty Of Wildflowers Comes To Life With Andrew Hipp’s New Book, Spring Woodland Wildflowers of The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum


This spring, Arboretum-goers can come prepared to venture out into the forests and discover the fascinating species and beautiful colors of Wisconsin flora thanks to Andrew Hipp’s new book, Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

The book, available for purchase at the Arboretum Bookstore, provides an introduction to the identification and natural history of 49 broad-leaved wildflowers and weeds that generally bloom during the months of April and May. Based on Hipp’s personal plant observations, as well as extensive examination of materials collected by the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the book offers a new look at the state’s flora.

“In the process of coming up with descriptions that I felt were compelling and believable, I needed to make sure I went directly back to the plant itself so that I would have fresh data for this book,” said Hipp, a graduate student specializing in Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Arboretum naturalist since 1993.

Ultimately, the book combines user-friendly text, a complete glossary of botanical terms, rich illustrations and colorful photographs to incite readers to learn more about the morphological descriptions, flowering dates and ecological descriptions of various wildflower species. Also, it contains a historical context of each of the Arboretum’s five major areas of oak woodlands and upland forests, as well as details about the soils and canopy coverings.

Readers can apply this useful information to help them answer their general questions about wildflowers and define the reasons they find specific plants in certain locations.

“We did this book because these are the plants people love,” explained Hipp, “and it’s nice to have a little more information on them and an introduction if you’re not already familiar with them.”

While Spring Woodland Wildflowers offers users a look at some of their more familiar and favorite species, such as White and Yellow Trout-lily, Solomon’s-seal and Bristly Buttercup, it also includes a few unique surprises. For example, visitors using Hipp’s guide may be lucky to stumble upon False Mermaid, a common herb found beneath the leaf litter of Wingra Woods.

This spring, the Arboretum encourages all people to get outside and explore some of Wisconsin’s most distinctive and beautiful flora. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Spring Woodland Wildflowers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is available for purchase at the [link]Arboretum Bookstore.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.