- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184533731X
- ISBN-13: 978-1845337315
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RHS Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012
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"Extremely helpful and makes the study of plants much easier" -- The Telegraph
"Confused by botanical names? The new RHS Latin for Gardeners explains all." --The Times
This beautifully illustrated guide unlocks the mysteries of botanical Latin explaining what plant names mean and the descriptive clues they conceal.See all Product Description
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By the way, I'm a huge fan of the RHS and all the work they do in promoting horticulture in the UK. I'm constantly visiting their online Plant Selector. And the two-volume A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants should be on every gardener's bookshelf.
My quibble is with the content of this particular volume, which is quite limited. It claims to explain over 3,000 plant names. However it is restricted to extremely brief explanations of the second part of the Latin binomial (the double name given to every species). I was hoping for a comprehesive reference work fully describing both elements of a plant's latin name. For instance, I was researching ''Hacquetia epipactis'', and wondering about the source of the name. Sure enough, the book comes up with an explanation of ''epipactis'' (plants thought to curdle milk). But unfortunately there is nothing about ''Hacquetia'' and I'm still in the dark about the derivation of this intriguing name.
It looks as if I will have to invest in something weightier, drier and duller, to satisfy my quest.
The book does not go into a huge amount of detail about the root of words, but the meaning is given and helpfully masculine, feminine and neuter forms are fully listed for you. As a note, Botanical Latin is quite different to Classical Latin as some of us were taught in school - so there are a lot of words that are not Latin at all. Botanical Latin is very recent and has had to adapt to describe plant parts that the Romans never described and therefore did not have words for, so there will be some big differences. Please consider this before complaining it's not Latin - it IS Botanical Latin, and that's a different beast altogether!
The names of some notable plants are explored more fully throughout the book for interest as well, making it a very nice book to hop about in as you are looking names up.
Overall this has been a very useful purchase for me. I consider it to be excellent value for money given how much I will be referring to it and the quality of the book itself. It's a perfect gift or lightweight reference book for the interested gardener.
however, I did Latin, so can positively review the book.
I will still have to be the purist and correct her onnpronunciation.
The typeface and design is well-chosen for comfortable reading, and the layout of the content is clearly illustrated and explained.
The author's style is clear, precise and very engaging, and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of her subject.
The content is exactly as described above. This delightful book is both a door that opens onto a beautiful garden, and a guide that gently and easily leads us through the now fascinating, but hitherto labyrinthine, subject of plant nomenclature.
Thank you to all involved in its production!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully coloured illustration's very informative lovely hardback easy read bookPublished 14 days ago by Reen Anne Calder
A fascinating book. Ideal as reference or just to dip into with a cup of coffee! So much of it made sense and has helped me understand plant names as an aid to planning my garden... Read morePublished 14 days ago by AngieB
Took quite long to arrive but was within the expected delivery date (about 3 weeks), good book, handy for hort studentsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like the RHS Botany for Gardeners this book is a joy to hold, read and look at. Beautiful illustrations, good layout and the explanations are clear. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elaine Morrison