Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past

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Swallow Press
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5.9 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.98 pounds

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About the Author

Judith M. Taylor is the author of The Olive in California: History of an Immigrant Tree; Tangible Memories: Californians and Their Gardens, 1800 to 1950; The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got into Your Garden, and Visions of Loveliness: Great Flower Breeders of the Past. She lives in San Francisco.

"Taylor, a 'snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, ' discusses plantsmen and women as if they were fascinating neighbors (her vignettes of the Hemus sisters and their sweet pea cultivars are delicious), and although her anecdotes are blessedly breezy, her encyclopedia is exhaustive."--Publishers Weekly
"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. Many of the best have been bred for us, but their breeders were never saddled with a loathsome student loan. They learned by observation and were impelled by what Taylor calls a 'vision of loveliness.'" --Robin Lane Fox, The Financial Times
"Many gardeners enjoy the floral products of plant breeding, such as Narcissus 'King Alfred' or the old-fashioned Dorothy Perkins rose, without giving a thought to their origins. In 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 forflowers of all kinds."--Denise Wiles Adams, The American Gardener
"Family feuds, wily businessmen, obsessions with form and color--the history of flower breeding is a veritable botanical soap opera.... After you've read these engrossing tales, you'll look wonderingly at the sweet peas, lilies and other traditional favorites that gardeners admire today." -- The Columbus Dispatch
"...For a gardener who likes a little history with their blooms, it's fascinating."
--The Plain Dealer