Synopses & Reviews
Species tulips are becoming more widely available as gardeners wake up to their elegant shapes, vibrant-colored flowers, and suitability for growing in containers, raised beds, and rock gardens. Unlike garden hybrids, species tulips will flower each year without being replaced and will even colonize under the right conditions. Wilford's experience of growing tulips at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, informs his excellent cultivation advice. Comprehensive descriptions of gardenworthy species and lesser-known rarities will appeal to tulip and bulb collectors, rock garden enthusiasts, and keen gardeners, inspiring closer investigation of this increasingly popular plant group.
contains a wealth of useful information on how to select and grow these most popular of bulbs. It would make a great companion to use in conjunction with photo-laden bulb catalogs."
—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times, February 15, 2006 Seattle Times
"A beautifully illustrated, comprehensively knowledgeable, professionally informative, in-depth introduction to the many varying species of [this] delicate and powerful flower. ... Recommended to all readers with an interest in growing tulips and in need of the ultimate guide to their numerous variations."
—Midwest Book Review, April 2006 Midwest Book Review
"Wilford's experience with tulips is vast, and his confident prose takes the reader by the hand and gently leads the curious into the wild world of this familiar perennial." Biology Digest, April 2006 Biology Digest
Species tulips are widely appreciated for their elegant shapes, vibrant-colored flowers, and suitability for growing in containers, raised beds, and rock gardens. Wilford's excellent cultivation advice and comprehensive descriptions of gardenworthy species and prized rarities will appeal to tulip and bulb collectors, rock garden enthusiasts, and keen gardeners.
About the Author
Richard Wilford has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for 17 years and is currently the collections manager responsible for alpines, bulbs, and herbaceous perennials. For more than six years he looked after the extensive bulb collection in Kew's Alpine Nursery, including the cultivation and propagation of the tulip collection. He then moved to the Rock Garden, growing a range of alpines and bulbs planted in the open. Richard has written articles for a range of publications as well as a book about alpine and bulbous plants that have been featured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, for which he serves on the editorial committee.