Synopses & Reviews
An inspiring and comprehensive guide, The Sweet Pea Book is for anyone interested in growing these most exquisite of fragrant flowers and using them in the garden. It covers the colorful history of the sweet pea, provides detailed practical advice on seed raising and cultivation, offers ideas for using the plants effectively in the garden, and discusses dwarf sweet peas for small gardens and patios. A comprehensive descriptive list of species and varieties will prove useful to all sweet pea enthusiasts.
"Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas for cutting or to enliven flower beds and borders should heed Rice's expert counsel."
Alice Joyce, Booklist, October 15, 2003 Booklist
"[This] book is the most current and definitive book on sweet peas to date."
—Jeneen Wiche, Shelbyville Sentinel-News, February 25, 2005 Shelbyville Sentinel-News
"For complete immersion in the allure of the sweet pea, check out The Sweet Pea Book
—Kathy Renwald, Toronto Star, January 20, 2005
An inspiring and comprehensive guide for anyone interested in growing these fragrant flowers. Covers history of the sweet pea, seed raising and cultivation, and dwarf varieties for small gardens and patios.
About the Author
Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK.
He is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.
He has been the gardening correspondent of Britain's Observer and Evening Standard newspapers and contributes frequently to the RHS's magazines The Garden and The Plantsman; he has also written for all the top gardening magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Horticulture, Garden Design, BBC Gardeners' World, and Country Life.
A widely respected plantsman, Graham trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a member of the RHS's committee on herbaceous plants (judging their trials of both annuals and perennials), and also judges at the Chelsea Flower Show.
He divides his gardening time between Pennsylvania and England with his wife, American garden writer and photographer judywhite.
You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, TransatlanticPlantsman.com.