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Reviews of The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas

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Author (1): Diana Grenfell

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: April 2004
Published by: Timber Press
List price: $59.95
ISBN Number: 0881926183



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Neutral sissystars On Jul 5, 2012, sissystars wrote:

The NEW edition is available at Amazon for about $32, as contrasted with the list price of about $50.

Positive largosmom On Jun 17, 2007, largosmom wrote:

My first book on hostas and I wasn't disappointed. It helped get me "hooked" on the genus. It has wonderful photos and is full of helpful descriptions on their care and propogation.

Positive sanannie On Dec 22, 2006, sanannie wrote:

I refer to this book constantly. There are about 750 hostas with descriptions and a very nice photo of each. As well as size, origin and a detailed description, each entry has info on substance, texture, growth rate, flower, and fertility. I also like how they list any similar-looking hostas.

The chapters are divided according to colour and leaf variegation. If you love hostas, there's no question you'll love this book.

Positive mariajose On Aug 17, 2006, mariajose wrote:

This is one of my hosta bibles - I rely on it whenever I need information regarding hostas, particularly when selecting hostas to purchase and where to plant them.

Grenfell has provided a photo of each hosta along with information regarding size; clump size/habit; detailed description of leaf blade, petiole, and flower; comments and special needs; distinguishing features; similar hostas; sports. The book is divided into sections based on hosta color and variegation, unusual markings, and she has provided a section for hosta connoisseurs.

She has also included information regarding hosta history, botany, seed, hybridizing, landscaping/design, pests/diseases/threats.

Positive mlwdad On Sep 29, 2005, mlwdad wrote:

A very well organized and informative book.

Positive ViolaAnn On Jul 13, 2005, ViolaAnn wrote:

Terrific book although I find it varies from my experience in the size of the hosta at times. Pictures are great and it's well indexed and organized.

Positive ebonschwan On Oct 26, 2004, ebonschwan wrote:

a must for every hosta lover, grower and aficianado From an expert comes a book that is very helpful in gardening with hostas

Positive tcfromky On May 12, 2004, tcfromky wrote:

I'm fairly new to growing hostas and this reference book has proved to be an invaluable tool in helping identify unnamed hostas I have collected from friends. So far, I have been able to find every named hosta I have in "The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas." The book has beautiful color photograhs of hundreds of hostas, and includes information on special growing needs and other relevant topics of interest relating to hostas. I recommend this book to both new and old green thumb growers of hostas.

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