California's Fading Wildflowers;
Lost Legacy and Biological Invasions
Richard A. Minnich
California's Fading Wildflowers is an intriguing book by Richard A. Minnich. Literally crammed with information, this heady book condenses a vast amount of firsthand information about southern California's wildflower fields of the past and present.
Minnich promotes the viewpoint that wildflowers were even more prevalent than was previously thought. His research indicates that native grasses in the southern part of the state may have been only erratically present. For those seeking to gain a clearer picture of California's wildflowers and how they grew, this book is invaluable.
It's fascinating to read the many newspaper and other accounts of impressive bloom times. He makes it clear that we are not the first to worship California's wildflowers, and for a while, we, like many indigenous tribes, celebrated them: - "Many Los Angeles suburbs celebrated annual flower festivals as late as the 1920s."