About the Author
Susan Leopold, PhD; is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is currently the Executive Director of United Plant Savers
, dedicated to medicinal plant conservation of the United States and Canada. She also serves as a board member of Botanical Dimensions
and Center for Sustainable Economy
. and is Director for Sacred Seeds Sanctuary Network
Susan and her three children are proud members of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and live on a farm where they raise goats, peacocks and herbs.
About the Illustrator
Nicky Staunton is a Virginia conservationist and advocate for native plants and the habitats that support them. She was the State President of the Virginia Native Plant Society for three terms. Since retiring she has become a recognized artist, mainly in pen and ink illustrations. Her work has appeared in several books and many Bulletins. She studies dry brush watercolor with Lara Call Gastinger; is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, American Society of Botanical Artists, and Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Her botanical taxonomic skills are from studies with Marion Lobstein and were used for the plant inventory of the 500 acre Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge when the land was US Army Harry Diamond Lab.
Proceeds from this book will go to the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project
to support educational endeavors that inspire children to embrace the study of botany and to learn about Virginia’s ecological diversity! To learn more, please visit www.FloraForKids.org