An Abundance of Flowers: More Great Flower Breeders of the Past (Paperback)Judith M. Taylor (author)
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Walk into any nursery, florist, or supermarket, and you'll encounter displays of dozens of gorgeous flowers, from chrysanthemums to orchids. At one time these fanciful blooms were the rare trophies of the rich and influential-even the carnation, today thought of as one of the humblest cut flowers. Every blossom we take for granted now is the product of painstaking and imaginative planning, breeding, horticultural ingenuity, and sometimes chance. The personalities of the breeders, from an Indiana farmer to Admiral Lord Gambier's gardener, were as various and compelling as the beauty they conjured from skilled hybridization.
In Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past, Judith Taylor wrote engagingly about the vivid history and characters behind eighteen types of popular flowers. In this companion volume she uncovers information about another eight familiar flowers: poinsettias, chrysanthemums, gladioli, pansies, carnations, water lilies, clematis, and penstemons.
Taylor has tapped into an enormous trove of stories about extraordinary people with vision and skill who added to our enjoyment piece by piece, starting about 150 years ago. This beautifully illustrated book will please flower enthusiasts, gardeners, and history buffs alike.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"In this volume, Taylor succeeds once again in bringing the stories of diligent flower breeders of the past to the gardeners who benefit from their efforts today." -- Denise W. Adams
"After reading Taylor, I will embark with new eyes on the glorious weeks which are now beginning, the season of lilacs and rhododendrons, lupins, delphiniums, roses and sweet peas." -- Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times (for Visions of Loveliness)
"Judith M. Taylor brings to life the `creators' of these ornamental plants and many others in a way that will give you new appreciation for flowers of all kinds." -- The American Gardener (for Visions of Loveliness)
"Although her anecdotes are blessedly breezy, her encyclopedia is exhaustive." -- Publishers Weekly (for Visions of Loveliness)