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First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lovers' bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Canadian plantsman Freek Vrugtman, the international lilac registrar.

The new book provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of the 2000 named cultivars. Five hundred color photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape, alone or with companion plants. It also provides fascinating details of the history, origin, and discovery of the species and of the people behind the development of the cultivars. A new chapter on lilacs in art and crafts and an updated list of places where lilacs can be viewed and celebrated complete this rich resource.

Packed with 580 gorgeous color photographs, most of them previously unpublished, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia tells the story of a classic spring-flowering shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers and sweet fragrance.

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Fiala's 1988 1st edition has been thoroughly revised by Vrugtman, the International Lilac Registrar. Retaining Fiala's original description, Vrugtman has revised the notes and updated the nomenclature. In keeping with Fiala's original intent, the volume is designed to be up-to-date and practical, offering information on current (and extant) cultivars, landscaping with lilacs, companion plants, culture, diseases, pests, and propagation. Initial chapters describe taxonomy and technical considerations, with separate chapters on lilacs from Europe and Asia, and color in lilacs. A history of lilac hybridizers is provided, including those in Russia and China. An appendix lists the hybridizers and originators and noteworthy gardens and nurseries. New to this edition is a short chapter on lilacs in art and design. The volume, which is oversized (8.5x11.25"), is heavily illustrated with color plates. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lovers' bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Canadian plantsman Freek Vrugtman, the international lilac registrar.

The new book provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of the 2000 named cultivars. Five hundred color photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape, alone or with companion plants. It also provides fascinating details of the history, origin, and discovery of the species and of the people behind the development of the cultivars. A new chapter on lilacs in art and crafts and an updated list of places where lilacs can be viewed and celebrated complete this rich resource.

Packed with 580 gorgeous color photographs, most of them previously unpublished, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopediatells the story of a classic spring-flowering shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers and sweet fragrance.

About the Author

John L. Fiala (1924-1990) introduced 78 lilac cultivars, wrote a definitive encyclopedia on lilacs, and founded the International Lilac Society. He significantly improved the color and performance of these plants. For his hybridizing achievements he was awarded the Thomas Roland Medal in 1980 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Freek Vrugtman, the International Lilac Registrar, was curator of collections at Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario, and the botanical gardens of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 2002 he was awarded the Science Medal by the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:    Taxonomy and Technical Considerations of Lilac Species

Chapter 2:    Lilac Species from Europe

Chapter 3:    Lilac Species from Asia

Chapter 4:    Color in Lilacs

Chapter 5:    Landscaping with Lilacs

Chapter 6:    Companion Plants to Lilacs

Chapter 7:    Lilac Culture

Chapter 8:    Lilac Diseases, Pests, and Problems

Chapter 9:    The Propagation of Lilacs

Chapter 10:   The Lilac Hybridizers of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Chapter 11:   The Lilac in Art and Design

Product Details

ISBN:
9780881927955
Author:
Fiala, John
Publisher:
Timber Press (OR)
Revised by:
Vrugtman, Freek
Revised:
Vrugtman, Freek
Author:
Vrugtman, Freek
Author:
Fiala, Fr John L.
Author:
Fiala, John L.
Author:
Fiala, Fr. John
Subject:
Shrubs
Subject:
Lilacs.
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Gardening-Flower Growing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
11.0 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lovers' bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Canadian plantsman Freek Vrugtman, the international lilac registrar.

The new book provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of the 2000 named cultivars. Five hundred color photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape, alone or with companion plants. It also provides fascinating details of the history, origin, and discovery of the species and of the people behind the development of the cultivars. A new chapter on lilacs in art and crafts and an updated list of places where lilacs can be viewed and celebrated complete this rich resource.

Packed with 580 gorgeous color photographs, most of them previously unpublished, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopediatells the story of a classic spring-flowering shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers and sweet fragrance.

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