The Flora of Laphroaig is the product of a lifelong passion for botany and a delight and skill in watercolour painting. Mary Knowles spent months searching the land overlooking the hamlet of Laphroaig, on the Island of Islay (a place made famous the world over by its distillery) to identify all the flowering plants and ferns on ‘the hump’. This rocky hillock, on the southern coast of the Hebridean island, combines bogland, heathland and grassland in just a few wind swept acres. She identified more than a hundred plants, and painted and described them all. The flowers are given their most common English names and are grouped by Family according to their scientific names. Aged 89, this is Mary Knowles’ first published book.