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Reviews of The Botanical Garden: Perennials and Annuals

Book Profile
Author (1): Roger Phillips
Author (2): Martyn Rix

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: September 2002
Published by: Firefly Books
List price: $75.00
ISBN Number: 1552975924



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix are pioneers in the use of photography in plant illustration. The Botanical Garden I and II, are exciting and thoroughly modern renditions of illustrated botany books. Ten years in the making, this set combines the finest in photography with up-to-date, expert commentary to bridge the gap between gardener-friendly books and scientific texts. In the tradition of the great botanical illustrations, each featured plant has been carefully photographed -- as a whole and in its parts -- against a white background to reveal the plant's physical characteristics in exacting detail.

Plants from more than 1,200 distinct groups are described -- from oaks to violets and water lilies to grasses -- and are presented in evolutionary order, from the most primitive to the most advanced. Each plant listing includes:

* Name: genus, species and common names, date of discovery, and range.
* Description: detailed and concise in the scientific style.
* Key Recognition Features.
* Ecology and Geography.
* Comment: cultivation needs plus notes about unusual hybrids or developments in the genus.

  Feedback History and Summary  
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Neutral sueone On Aug 27, 2004, sueone wrote:

Though the photos really are excellent, I was dissapointed in the fact that each page with a plant on, only had a couple of examples.

I had bought this set of two books hoping that they'd be of help in helping to identify certain plants.

If you were trying to identify a plant generally they are of use, but not if you're trying to be more specific , which I suppose is where you go for a more specialized book to that genus.

This set isn't cheap,makes a nice show on the shelf, easy to browse through, but really doesn't do justice to what it could have been.

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