Synopses & Reviews
It is hard to imagine gardens without peonies, flowering peaches, camellias, gardenias, azaleas, wisteria, forsythia, crabapples, and the host of other ornamentals that were introduced first in Chinese gardens. And the development of the modern repeat-flowering roses would not have occurred had the so-called monthly roses not been brought to Europe from China. In spite of the romance and excitement generated by the discoveries of the famous plant hunters in the wilds of China, the Chinese plants with the greatest impact on the gardens of the world have actually come from Chinese gardens and nurseries.
"This is a splendid and detailed book, profusely illustrated in colour with excellent modern photographs and a few reproductions from early Chinese and classic European journals."—Martyn Rix, Gardens Illustrated, July 2000 Martyn Rix
andquot;Outstanding academic title.andquot;and#8212;Choice, January 2000
"Outstanding academic title."—Choice, January 2000 Gardens Illustrated
"Valder gives us a window on a sophisticated garden ethic very different from Europe's, and an encyclopedia of more than 4000 Chinese garden plants. Many will inevitably become more widely seen here because of their natural resistance to pests and diseases now arriving from Asia via global trade."—Boston Globe, December 1, 1999
This exploration of the ornamental plants of China, so many of which are staples in Western gardens, emphasizes the native plants but also covers some imports. Discussion of ornamental horticulture, the introduction of Chinese plants throughout the world, and examination of the relationship between
This definitive guide to the flora of China includes many cultivated plants that have had a great impact on the world, such as peonies, camellias, gardenias, azaleas, wisteria, and forsythia.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-393) and index.
About the Author
Born in Australia and brought up in the bush, Peter Valder's early interest in the Australian flora was stimulated by local amateur botanists. He went on to become a plant pathologist and mycologist after graduating from the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge. He was pleased to later become involved in the teaching of general botany in addition to his mycological work. Peter has also been an office bearer of the Linnean Society and the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science. Since drifting into the popularizing of Australian botany and horticulture, he has made appearances on radio and television, wrote for magazines, and lectured to organizations concerned with plants and gardens. His interest in gardening has taken him to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, and China, from which he has introduced numerous plants suited to the Australian climate. Also, he has visited gardens in Britain, New Zealand, North America, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, and Korea, accumulating photographs with which to illustrate his lectures and writings.