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A wonderful book for anyone interested in peonies. The author is a peony aficionado who traveled to China several times to study tree peonies growing in the wild and in cultivation there. Roughly the first half of the book describes his two expeditions to China in detail. This part is more of a sweet and rambling travel story. There is a short but very informative section on cultivating tree peonies. Finally an extensive catalogue (with photos) of tree peony cultivars - mostly Chinese but also Japanese, American, and European varieties, with comments on each from the author's personal experience.
The book has many stunning photos of tree peonies (many centuries old and very large) growing in gardens in China and across the world from the author's travels. This book is now out of print and very rare, but if you can obtain it through special library loan it is certainly a treat to see such plants.