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Today's gardeners tend to take for granted the easy availability and enormous selection of plants on offer in nurseries and garden centres. The choice seems unlimited as more and more varieties are introduced. Yet it is so often the old-fashioned plants and shrubs, many of which have been cultivated for centuries, that exert the most powerful appeal, especially for their colour, form or perfume. "The Classic Horticulturist" is a delightful record of some of these traditional favourites, and in particular a testament to the achievements of the pioneering explorer-botanists who brought home so many early specimens from as far afield as the West Indies, South America and the Far East for subsequent generations of dedicated gardeners to cultivate and nurture, thus ensuring their survival. Opening with a section devoted to the history of gardens and the great horticulturists, the main part of the book is an A to Z directory of herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees and alpines. Each entry is accompanied by a full colour, specially commissioned watercolour, the history of the plant, its habitat and detailed growing instructions, while the artists have concentrated on botanical accuracy and true coloration. "The Classic Horticulturist" concludes with a list of specialist plant suppliers and gardens open to the public, making it an essential companion to lovers of traditional gardening and garden plants.
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