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The Explorer's Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the Worldby Daniel Hinkley
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If you thought the age of the great plant explorers was over, guess again. Dan Hinkley, founder of the original Heronswood Nursery, has scoured the globe for botanical treasures, a bounty that has enriched gardens throughout the world. He presents the most outstanding shrubs and vines from his plant-collecting trips to Chile, Costa Rica, South Africa, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, India, New Zealand, Europe, and North America.
Explorers will encounter little-known exotics such as the sapphire-berried dichroas and vermilion-flowered Desfontainea spinosa (Chilean holly). The Explorer's Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the World also includes more familiar, but just as garden-worthy, plants such as witch hazels, hydrangeas, and sassafras. In every case, Hinkley zeroes in on why the plant deserves your garden space and what you can expect as the plant matures.
Excerpts from Hinkley's travel journals evoke the plant's native setting with poetic precision, painting seductive portraits of the monkey-puzzle forests of South America or the rhododendron-clad slopes of the Himalayas.
As this brimming collection makes clear, there are still scores of exciting plants that await wider use by the gardening public. Readers who yearn for an expert guide to this cornucopia of riches will find no better companion than Dan Hinkley.
Book News Annotation:
Of interest to horticulturalists as well as any avid gardener, this book chronicles the travels to remote and exotic areas of its author (the founder of Heronswood Nursery in Washington State) in search of plants. The armchair traveler will relish the quotes from his travel journal which introduce each chapter; the horticulturalist and gardener will be caught up in the main text, which describes the origins and hybrids of an array of perennials, including Azara, Buddleja, Clethra, Daphne, Illicium, Itea, and Sassafras. Hinckley's passion and knowledge are evident in his writing, as he describes the history of a plant's discovery and propagation, his experiences traveling to see them in their native habitat, and growing them in his gardens. The plants are described in detail, including the various species, with notes on hardiness, cultivation, and propagation. As is usual for this press, the volume is beautifully produced, and filled with color plates. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
An avid plants-person since youth, Dan Hinkley received his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and Horticulture Education from Michigan State University in 1976 and his Master of Science in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington in 1985. From 1987 to 1996, Dan taught horticulture at Edmonds Community College, Edmonds, Washington. Dan writes frequently for Pacific Horticulture, The American Gardener, Horticulture Magazine, The Gardener, and Martha Stewart Livingmagazine, and contributes a monthly column to Garden Showcase.
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