Synopses & Reviews
Twenty-five species of the genus Paeonia
are documented in these pages, including 40 subspecies and varieties. Also included herein is the closely related genus Glaucidium
. With only two species, it will be of intense interest to peony fanciers. Waddick provides valuable information on growing peony species, with a full account of soil considerations, hardiness, propagation, and diseases and pests. The text is graced with stunning botanical paintings. Sponsored by the Heartland Peony Society, which helped fund its publication, The Genus Paeonia
is a rare work of beauty, science, and practical value.
"Unveils the beauty and the botany." Marty Ross, Horticulture, October 2004 Marty Ross
"Josef Halda is a botanist who has traveled to see every known peony species and subspecies in the wild. He documents 25 species in this book, including forty subspecies and varieties. It is an especially helpful resource for those gardeners who wish to grown uncommon as well as common varieties." National Gardener, April 2004 Horticulture
"Beautified by finely rendered botanical illustrations. Avid gardeners who simply love peonies and professionals horticulturists wishing to expand their expertise will be equally enticed by the scope of the information catalogued here."—Alice Joyce, Booklist, March 1, 2004
Documents 25 peony species, including 40 subspecies and varieties. A black-and-white edition.
Twenty-five species of the genus Paeonia are documented, including 40 subspecies and varieties, accompanied by stunning botanical paintings.
About the Author
Josef J. Halda was a botanist at the Botanical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences prior to starting his renowned seed-collecting business. Traveling throughout Europe and Asia, he has collected mostly alpine-plant seeds for sale to gardeners throughout the world. He has become an expert on several plant genera of horticultural importance, including Primula, Daphne, Gentiana, and Paeonia, writing monographs on each one. His wife, Jarmila Haldová, an accomplished illustrator of children's books, makes his plants accessible with her distinctively beautiful, botanically accurate drawings.