A Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden

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In this first book on the subject, Betsy Clebsch has selected more than 100 beautiful, garden-worthy species and dozens of commercially significant hybrids. Documented alphabetically, the species covered range from Salvia officinalis (common garden sage) to the rare Salvia cedrosensis and include botanical descriptions, information on habit, blooming cycle, cultural practices, and recommended companion plants, and delightful historical tidbits of discovery and usage. In her ardent pursuit of salvias, Clebsch has explored the wild to collect plants and seeds to test in her California garden. The resulting wealth of cultural information offered in A Book of Salvias ensures that our gardens will be exquisitely aromatic.

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I adore this book. -- Lisa Van Cleef "San Francisco Chronicle" (01/15/2003) The definitive book on salvias. -- Bee Dawson "New Zealand Gardener" (09/01/1997) A wealth of information. -- Linny Heagy "Sida, Contributions to Botany" (09/01/1997) I have been waiting for two years for this book to be published; it was well worth the wait. It is an invaluable work on an important subject. -- John R. Dunmire "Pacific Horticulture" (09/01/1997) This book sould be an enjoyable reference on the shelves of any Salvia collector. -- Amy Knutson "Growing Edge" (09/01/1997) Anyone loking for one good reference for salvia would be pleased with this book. -- Virginia Walter "HortScience" (12/01/1997) As in most Timber Press books, the appendices are exceptionally useful. -- Patricia Jonas "Plants and Gardens News" (02/01/1997) Recommended for comprehensive gardening collections, especially in California. -- Beth Clewis Crim "Library Journal" (05/15/1997) There is a wealth of information here for gardeners interested in trying unusual Salvias. -- Beth Clewis Crim "Library Journal" (04/15/1997) A wealth of information will finally be available to all of us with the publication of this book. -- Elaine Levine "Country Almanac" (05/07/1997) Perhaps best of all are her wonderful suggestions for companion plantings. As in most Timber Press books, the appendicies are exceptionally useful. 'A Book of Salvias' is a must for anyone interested in this fascinating and diverse genus of plants. -- Don Burns "San Mateo County Times" (06/14/1997) Well illustrated and written, and will be indispensable for anyone seriously interested in Salvias. -- Rich Dufresne "Rock Garden Quarterly" (03/22/2000) Libraries frequented by gardeners will certainly want to include a copy in their collections. -- January Adams "American Reference Books Annual" (09/01/1999) This very nice book should be welcome by all readers who are interested in beautiful and garden-worthy species. -- J. Stepankova "Biologia Plantarum" (02/06/2002) A book for the serious gardener, a book that answers every conceivable question for those seeking to grow these marvelous plants. -- Lynette Walther "Palatka Daily News" (02/25/1998) Betsy Clebsch's stunning book on salvias, a must for salvia lovers. If you don't love them already, reading this book will inspire you. -- Judy Brinkerhoff "Sonoma West Times and News" (12/10/1997) But perhaps the most dangerous element of this book is the 87 color photographs that render salvias we've never seen before totally irresistible. Gardeners, beware. -- Tovah Martin "American Gardener" (09/01/1997) Her original research has culminated in her "Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden," the first book on the subject written by and for the knowledgeable home gardener. -- Ketzel Levine "Martha Stewart Living" (09/01/1997) Gardeners interested in California natives and drought-tolerant plants will fine 'A Book of Salvias' easy to read, thoroughly researched and applicable to Bay Area gardens. -- Don Burns "San Mateo County Times" (06/14/1997) Betsy Clebsch's most valuable section is the color insert, loaded with dozens of photographs of fascinating salvia species and cultivars that will inspire in anyone with an inclination toward plant collection a serious case of salvia lust. She's waded bravely into the morass and returned to produce a clear and beautiful work that will begin to impose some order - in our minds - on these wonderful, but unwieldy garden sages. -- David Gray "Clean Well-Lighted Page" (09/01/1997) Horticulturalist Betty Clebsch provides a wealth of information on these diverse plants. Included are alphabetical listings of the plants' botanical descriptions, their blooming cycles, cultural practices, historical tidbits about how they were discovered, and their uses. "A Book of Salvias" by Betsy Clebsch is a long-awaited and much-appreciated overview of ornamental sages. Its brilliant photos and informative text (based on the author's many years of hands-on experience) present more than one hundred enticing, garden-worthy species and hybrids. "A Book of Salvias" is a must for anyone interested in this fascinating and diverse genus of plants. Gardeners interested in California natives and drought-tolerant plants will find "A Book of Salvias" easy to read, thoroughly researched and applicable to Bay Area gardens. -- Don Burns "San Mateo County Times" (06/14/1997) After a short introduction, Clebsch describes over 100 salvias that she considers particularly noteworthy. With each description, she presents a little bit of history, a review of growing conditions, and then suggestions on how to pair the plant with other flowers or shrubs in the garden border. -- Patricia A. Taylor "Trenton Times" (08/31/1999)

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