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RHS Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 plant names explained and explored [Hardcover]

Lorraine Harrison , The Royal Horticultural Society
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Oct 2012 Rhs

Aided by this book the gardener can now answer the question "What's in a name?" and they and their garden will benefirt from understanding the wealth of information that has hitherto lain hidden within the myserious world of Latin names.' - Financial Times Online

RHS Latin for Gardeners is an informative, entertaining and beautifully illustrated unravelling of the mysteries of botanical Latin. Over 3,000 Latin names are listed alphabetically, showing how plant names can reveal where a plant originally comes from (and thus its preferred growing conditions), along with such properties as its shape, form, colour, taste, and smell. Each name is clearly defined and accompanied by a pronunciation guide, and the pages are filled with attractive botanical illustrations.

Fascinating feature spreads retell the adventures of important plant hunters such as Sir Joseph Banks and Alexander von Humboldt, and explain how their discoveries affect the way our gardens look today. Individual plants are also profiled throughout, showing how their names can illuminate their hidden histories.

Aided by this book, every gardener, and their garden, will benefit from uncovering the wealth of information that lies within the remarkable world of Latin binomials. A little Latin can do a lot of good - apply the lore of Latin to your own garden!

Contents includes...

The A-Z Listings of Latin Plant Names

Plant Profiles

Plant Hunters

Plant Themes

...And Much More!

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 184533731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845337315
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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This beautifully illustrated guide unlocks the mysteries of botanical Latin explaining what plant names mean and the descriptive clues they conceal.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite what I was expecting 22 Oct 2012
Whilst this is informative and does give some interesting historical notes on featured plants it was not quite as I expected, which was a break down or root (no pun intended) of the plant names ie Sempervivum - latin semper meaning always and vivus meaning alive = to live forever. On some 'featured' plants it does this, but generally it doesn't, which I found disappointing, but then I do have a particular fascination with word origins.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars short on detail 6 Dec 2012
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Like many other RHS publications, this is a beautifully produced book, with a lovely cloth binding, decorative endpapers, and oodles of coloured engravings and paintings. The RHS has cornered the market in this type of book, a combination of serious reference work and coffee-table browser.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Nov 2012
By Merry
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Excellent book - full of detail and extra snippets of information on why plants are named the way they are, The RHS can always be trusted to give reliable information with a wealth of experience and resources behind them to back up all their publications. It is the sort of book you may move on to from other more user friendly books of similar ilk as it is written in a more field specific way, a very good source of reference material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 8 Nov 2012
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Very interesting - explains how plants got their names and links plant families to other ones with the same roots. Excellent for people who like flowers called by their proper names!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do what it says on the tin 22 Mar 2013
Gussied up for the gift shop market, Edwardian Lady style, this will no doubt sell well. But anyone who actually bought it because they are curious about the origins of plant names will be consistently frustrated. Here's a few I just tried to look up and found not included: potentilla, clivia, ranunculus. A great deal of space is taken up listing rather obvious terms such as Clarkei, or indeed ranunculoides, while rather common plants are ignored. There is some interesting information contained in this book but as a work of reference it will disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots missing 7 Jan 2013
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This book leaves out a lot of commonly used plants. Some of the pronunciations are laughable. The layout is not easy to use either.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! 10 Oct 2012
By Caliban
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Beautifully illustrated and superbly bound, this book is a sheer delight both to hold and to behold - even a ribbon attached to the binding dispenses with the need for a potentially damaging bookmark. Used with care, this book would become a beloved heirloom!
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RHS Latin for Gardeners 11 Feb 2013
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This was bought as a present for my daughter in law but it is something I would have enjoyed browsing through as I did Latin at school and so know some latin plant names.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by John Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on taxonomical nomenclature
I wanted to learn more about taxonomical nomenclature. This is an excellent reference book. I am learning quite well because the words are illustrated and very well explained. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Melanie Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful
I have found it very useful, it's easy reading and beautifully illistrated.
Published 1 month ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, and small enough to be posted through ...
Excellent product, and small enough to be posted through letterbox but still a good size book. Not as good as some gardening name books, but a nice item for the gift its intended... Read more
Published 2 months ago by lizzycj
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Beautiful book with some good illustrations, but content not exactly what I wanted.
Published 2 months ago by T F Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book for botanists & gardners alike. Well written & beautiful illustrations, good price & prompt delivery.
Have to add more words to fill quota for review!
Published 3 months ago by Sally D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gift
I bought this for my daughters partner, she is doing a floral course at the college in Durham, has helped her a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Frances Easby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this book for my son who is studying horticulture he finds it very useful has plenty of Latin names fro plants is nice size and has nice pictures.
Published 5 months ago by guitarman
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