Dorothy Callaway The World of Magnolias

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The World of Magnolias

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Magnolias have a well-deserved reputation as "aristocrats" among landscape plants. Dorothy Callaway here provides an excellent guide to the species, cultivars, and hybrids, illustrated with more than 140 splendid color photographs. A reference of value to both layperson and enthusiast, The World of Magnolias documents magnolia history, culture, biology, taxonomy, propagation, breeding, and hybridizers. The only available book to encompass all the magnolia species, it provides an encyclopedic listing of the more than eighty known species. In addition, it offers the most complete listing of cultivars yet published. The number of available magnolia hybrids has skyrocketed in recent years; this book is the only comprehensive source of information on those hybrids. Magnolias have a long and romantic history of cultivation. They have been documented in the garden as early as A.D. 650, when Buddhist monks planted Magnolia denudata at temples for the symbolic purity of its stunning white flowers. Since most magnolias are highly ornamental, their use in the garden landscape is a primary focus of this book. The author points out, however, that they also attract wildlife, provide cut flowers, and serve for timber and medicinal purposes. These beautiful and useful plants have much to offer the gardener. For all those interested in knowing more about magnolias, Dorothy Callaway's book will be an essential tool.

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"The World of Magnolias, a 260 page hardcover from Timber Press documents the magnolia's history, culture, propagation, and breeding. In addition to many gorgeous full-color photos, the book provides an encyclopedic listing of more than 80 magnolia species. This is a dandy reference for gardeners. If you lack a good work on magnolias, find a place for Callaway's book on your reference shelf. It is a tremendous accomplishment. It is a publication that magnolia enthusiasts will be very grateful for. This is the most comprehensive book on magnolias available and is a must for every magnolia lover. -- Stephen Pategas "Ornamental Outlook" (06/11/2003) The book is not only a reference compendium on magnolias but a wonderfully readable book on the subject. -- Larrie Sweet "Lafayette Advertiser" (02/06/1995) This book of international relevance makes a worthy reference for anyone interested in trees and shrubs. -- John T. Gallagher "American Horticulturist" (02/16/1995) Perhaps the only book yet written that encompasses all the magnolia species along with their history and care. -- Rebecca Sawyer-Fay "Country Living Gardener" (02/01/1995) This book...is a welcome addition to the expanding shelf of books devoted to this horticulturally significant and botanically interesting genus. -- Stephen A. Spongberg "Plantsman" (12/01/1995) "The World of Magnolias" is not only a work to stimulate the modern breeder and gardener but also a stunning luxurious contribution to pay a tridute to these top-prized landscape plants. -- Jaroslav Durkovic "Forest Genetics" (03/21/1999) "The World of Magnolias," a 260 page hardcover from Timber Press documents the magnolia's history, culture, propagation, and breeding. In addition to many gorgeous full-color photos, the book provides an encyclopedic listing of more than 80 magnolia species. An encyclopedic book... which will interest any magnolia lover, whether a professional grower, landscaper, or lay person. She points out that magnolias are available in such variety that there are some for almost any situation in any size garden. -- Ruth Kvaalen "Indiana Nursery News" (05/01/1996)

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Dorothy J. Callaway was born in Alabama and grew up in Bishop, Georgia. She was exposed to natural history (plant science in particular) at an early age through her parents. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and received a B.S. in horticulture, followed by an M.S. in botany from the L. H. Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Her thesis research involved the taxonomic study of magnolias cultivated in North America. Since then she has written a number of articles on magnolias for major botanical and horticultural journals. Her aims in writing this book are to compile scattered information into a single reference and to introduce others to the fascinating variety of the genus. Dorothy Callaway has served as the official registrar for magnolia cultivars and as a member of the board of trustees of the Magnolia Society, Inc.

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