Synopses & Reviews
This color-illustrated coffee table book for gardeners gives genetic,ecological, and historical background on 131 plant groups commonly found in gardens of the northern hemisphere. Many of the book’shistorical and contemporary color and b&w photos and illustrations come from seed packages, catalogues, and fine art of many eras. Theintroduction presents basic scientific concepts for categorizing plants and explains key words and key figures used throughout thebook. While in most cases the genus is the unit of discussion, some plants are grouped by taxonomic unit or a cluster of genera. Thefirst part of each entry gives a broad overview of the genus, its size, native range, and the form plants take. The entries also giveinfo on genetic origins, region of origin, evolutionary history, and habitat. There is also a wealth of information on the history ofcultivation and the traditions and uses associated with each plant group.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A beautifully illustrated reference book covers the origins, ecology and history of popular garden plants. Shelf Awareness
The oldest rose fossil was found in Colorado and dates to 35 million years ago. Marigolds, infamous for their ability to self-seed, are named for an Etruscan god who sprang from a ploughed field. And daffodils an icon of spring were introduced to Britain by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Every garden plant has an origination story, and Garden Flora, by noted garden designer Noel Kingsbury, shares them in a beautifully compelling way. This lushly illustrated survey of 133 of the most commonly grown plants explains where each plant came from and the journey it took into home gardens. Kingsbury tells intriguing tales of the most important plant hunters, breeders, and gardeners throughout history, and explores the unexpected ways plants have been used. Richly illustrated with an eclectic mix of new and historical photos, botanical art, and vintage seed packets and catalogs, Garden Flora is a must-have reference for every gardener and plant lover."