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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081173546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735469
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of lavender are valuable for a variety of uses. This revised and updated edition of the best-selling guidebook gives instructions for growing and harvesting the popular aromatic herb, with ideas for using it in the garden landscape, in crafts, and in recipes. Projects are included for making potpourris, wreaths, garlands, arrangements, and even lavender-spiced chicken, halibut, potato salad, madeleines, and bread. An added section on festivals and farms offers travel opportunities for those who want to experience lavender culture. A full list of sources completes this definitive book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Christmas on 2 July 2013
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This book contains more or less everything you need to know about growing and using lavender. It is a pretty comprehensive and detailed handbook which includes loads of very useful information about cultivars and varieties. Having explained how to select and cultivate the right varieties for your zone it then goes on to suggest excellent ways to enjoy what you have grown, including craft ideas and recipes. If you are interested in any way big or small in lavender you should buy this book. It was a real thrill to get it for free!!!
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This book was a disappointment. Even the chapters on lavender varieties and on growing and harvesting lavender had more pictures and less words than I expected. About one third of the book was devoted to lavender recipes and craft projects rather than gardening and, most disappointing of all, I had not realised that this is a totally American book for American readers and all the address in the chapters on lavender festivals and sources are in the USA. Completely unhelpful for an English reader. I wish i had not spent the money on it.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I Love This Book! 7 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am new to cultivating lavender and I took this book out of the library only to find that it is INVALUABLE and I had to purchase a copy for my home. I refer to it again and again.
The author is very knowledgeable and covers a variety of topics which are all of interest to me. Her writing style is engaging and you can tell the author knows her stuff.
On top of all that, there are beautiful pictures throughout.
This book helped me greatly to learn what variety works best in my home garden. Excellent book and a must-have for anyone interested in lavender. If you are looking for a recipe book look elsewhere--this book is for serious gardeners.
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
If growing lavendar is what you want to do 7 Jun. 2000
By Donkinpa - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is beautifully illustrated and very thorough in its contents about lavendar. Varieties, soil and climate conditions are all covered in this book. But it really wasn't for me. I would have liked to have seen a lot more recipes and uses for lavendar for which there are many more than what was suggested.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
disappointing for growers 13 May 2005
By Sharon Crossman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been growing lavender for 3 years and bought this book primarily for information about improving the quality of my plants and crop. While Ellen includes interesting projects and tidbits, this book definitely did not meet my needs as a grower.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Queen of Herbs: Lavender Rules in the Garden, Spa, Kitchen and Everywhere 21 April 2009
By Kathy Gehrt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nature's beauty challenges our ability to describe in mere words or even in photographs. Ellen Spector Platt's new edition of Lavender - How To Grow And Use The Fragrant Herb (Stackpole Books 2009) meets this challenge and then some.

The book, 145 pages, contains photographs of lavender fields, garden paths, wreaths and more images. The beauty of lavender dazzles us; however this book invites us to discover more about this plant. Platt's book describes its history from ancient times when Roman soldiers used the herb to perfume their bath water to now when lavender is celebrated in festivals around the world.

Platt provides useful advice about growing lavender. Full sun is a must for this plant. Good drainage and alkaline soil are also preferred. For harvesting Platt offer tips for cutting, drying and using lavender making it easy to enjoy its beauty even after summer is over.

Farms and festivals offer visitors opportunities to "observe essential oil being distilled from the harvest; hear the banjo picker, the country trio, the six-string electric violin, or the Celtic fiddle." Once again Platt speaks to all our senses and invites us to appreciate lavender for its beauty, fragrance, usefulness and its taste. She provides a list of festivals so you can discover the experience of lavender yourself.

Taste, my favorite part, is now coming into its own in America. In France, lavender has been a favorite in the kitchen for a long time. Platt shares recipes for Poached Apples, Aromatic Chicken and instructions for serving Edible Flowers. I am pleased to have contributed one of my special recipes - Roasted Halibut a la Provence.

If you are intrigued with Lavender, this book will help you discover its array of attributes. If you are looking for an unforgettable Mother's Day gift, look no longer. Pick up a copy of Lavender - How To Grow and Use The Fragrant Herb and why not splurge and add a lavender plant!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Growing Lavender 26 Nov. 2012
By Cyndi - Published on Amazon.com
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A complete guide for me as I'm starting a lavender farm. I don't think she left any details out. A perfect guide.
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