Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden


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Timber Press (OR)
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8.9 X 1.2 X 11.1 inches | 3.55 pounds
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About the Author

Noel Kingsbury is a best-selling horticulturalist and writer. He is the author of many books, including Designing with Plants, Natural Gardening in Small Spaces, and Gardening with Perennials: Lessons from Chicago's Lurie Garden, as well as the coeditor of Vista: The Culture and Politics of Gardens. He lives and gardens in western England near the world-famous book town of Hay-on-Wye.


"Noel Kingsbury has a great talent for writing books that entertain and fascinate, and also prove useful for gardeners of all levels." --Piet Oudolf, landscape architect and author of Planting, Hummelo, and Landscapes in Landscapes

"Entertaining, curious, erudite, historical, wide-ranging. . . . A solid compendium that should find heavy use." --Booklist

"A beautifully illustrated reference book covers the origins, ecology and history of popular garden plants." --Self Awareness

"A rich source of amusing botanical trivia with which to entertain gardening friends. . . . this book is richly illustrated and makes an interesting and informative read." --Gardens Illustrated

"Keep this book by your bedside or near a comfortable chair for reading. You'll be returning to it again and again and again." --Garden Design Online

"A pleasure to leaf through. . . . This large, coffee-table-sized book is another gorgeous publication from Timber Press. . . . This book represents a considerable accomplishment in terms of the compilation of facts and related art for the selected plants." --Washington Gardener

"We absolutely love garden designer Noel Kingsbury's Garden Flora, an ode to the wealth of knowledge and history that comes with gardens." --Garden Collage

"You can amaze your friends at your next cocktail party by sharing some of these sensational stories. . . . Garden Flora will provide hours of endless fascination." --Country Gardens

"This must be the most beautiful book of the publishing season, with an oversize format rich in botanical art and historic and contemporary photos. Every page is stunning, a revelation in art and text." --The Seattle Times

"If you have just a few books on the shelf, consider adding this encyclopedia of ecological and historical aspects of garden plants. . . . Kingsbury has put together a well-researched and impressively informative book that will truly increase the knowledge and enrich the readers' and gardeners' appreciation for the amazing flora we see in our world every day." --OregonLive

"The subject matter lends itself to lush illustration, and the images the book features have been carefully chosen and sourced. . . . This volume is an important step in gaining the appreciation for our garden plants that their cultural contribution deserves. lt is a book that should be enjoyed by enthusiastic gardeners who wish to enrich their appreciation of the plants they grow." --The Garden magazine