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Reviews of The Fragrant Garden: A Book About Sweet Scented Flowers and Leaves

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Author (1): Louise Beebe Wilder

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: January 1974
Published by: Dover Publications
List price: $8.95
ISBN Number: 0486230716



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Positive hillfarm On Mar 24, 2006, hillfarm wrote:

A classic in every sense of the word, and as useful & interesting to gardeners today as when it was first published in the 1930s.

This volume is jam-packed with interesting information on hundreds (thousands?) of fragrant-flowered & -foliaged plants.

At 400 pages (including a very detailed index) there is a lot of great reading in here. LBW's prose is of the highest quality and even the plant list sections are chock full of delightful & useful anecdotes & detailed information.

Included are chapters on fragrant shrubs & climbers, night scented flowers, wildflowers, "green aromatics" (herbs), and perhaps my favourite of all, a whole chapter on bees and honey flowers. Of course all the "usual" fragrant flowers are discussed in great detail as well - roses, scented geraniums & such.

22 chapters/topics in all, including one on "Plants of Evil Odour"(!)

No photos or drawings, just solid words, words, words. But what wonderful words! On my second copy; the first is in tatters.

And I can't believe I'm only the first to rate this book on this forum.

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