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Reviews of Gardener's Latin: A Lexicon

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Author (1): Bill Neal
Author (2): Barbara Damrosch

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: May 1992
Published by: Algonquin Books
List price: $14.95
ISBN Number: 0945575947

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: March 2003
Published by: Algonquin Books
List price: $10.95
ISBN Number: 1565123840



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
For more than a decade, gardeners have been turning to a beautiful little hardcover book called Gardener's Latin, by Bill Neal. Neal understood that as Latin terms began appearing with increasing frequency on nursery tags and gardening catalogs, gardeners would need help. So he weeded through the Latin words that describe and distinguish among plants and flowers and compiled a volume of select, brief, clear definitions.

Gardener's Latin leads us down the path from abbreviatus to zonatus, turning aside here and there along the way for little-known horticultural facts and fables and the wisdom of gardeners from Virgil to Vita Sackville-West.

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Positive Joan On Feb 20, 2007, Joan wrote:

This is a nice little "quick and dirty" book of Botanical Latin, but it's not a complete dictionary. I'm giving it a positive because of the horticultural facts and fables that are on every page. I found those very interesting. A new gardener would find this book very helpful and interesting, and it's an inexpensive way to learn the basics before investing in more comprehensive materials.

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