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Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener Hardcover – 15 Feb 2006


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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (15 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927634
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautifully illustrated, comprehensively knowledgeable, professionally informative, in-depth introduction to the many varying species of [this] delicate and powerful flower. ... Recommended to all readers with an interest in growing tulips and in need of the ultimate guide to their numerous variations. Midwest Book Review 20060401 Offers a captivating introduction to the charms of species tulips including expert advice on growing them in containers and the open garden. ... The information contained in this volume will enhance any gardener's library. -- Carolyn Muse Grant Southern Nevada Home & Garden 20060401 I'm very glad indeed that Wilford has written this book. It was sorely needed. -- Jane McGary Rock Garden Quarterly 20060101 Tulips contains a wealth of useful information on how to select and grow these most popular of bulbs. It would make a great companion to use in conjunction with photo-laden bulb catalogs. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20060215 Wilford's experience with tulips is vast, and his confident prose takes the reader by the hand and gently leads the curious into the wild world of this familiar perennial. Biology Digest 20060401 This book will be welcomed by gardeners who want to learn more about the origins and cultivation of the many species of tulips. ... With such enticing photographs, it will be hard for gardeners to resist trying a few of the species. -- Trevor Nottle Pacific Horticulture 20061001 Full of information for botanical explanation, exploration, and practical gardening [and] a visual delight. -- Ann Schrader Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 20071001

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Richard Wilford has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for 17 years and is currently the collections manager responsible for alpines, bulbs, and herbaceous perennials. For more than six years he looked after the extensive bulb collection in Kew's Alpine Nursery, including the cultivation and propagation of the tulip collection. He then moved to the Rock Garden, growing a range of alpines and bulbs planted in the open. Richard has written articles for a range of publications as well as a book about alpine and bulbous plants that have been featured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, where he serves on the editorial committee.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
In his study of the Tulip, Richard Wilford of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, provides a comprehensive consideration of various aspects under the headings: Geography, The Tulip Plant, Cultivation, and History & Classification; the book also includes suggestions as to where to buy species tulips in Canada, the UK and the US. There is also a Glossary, Bibliography and an Index.

The major part of the book looks at the individual species with detailed descriptions. Also listed is the genus Amana, and the more popular garden hybrids are also briefly considered under the various classifications. The plant descriptions are detailed and informed, often include notes on the species' history and specific comments on cultivation; Wilford occasionally offers his own opinions to a species' worth and use in the garden - making the descriptions very practical. Entires vary in length from a short paragraph to two or more pages for the more interesting species.

The book is illustrated with over 100 colour photographs varying in size from about a quarter to half a page, plus a one or two maps and drawings. The photographs appear alongside the plant entries, but far from all the plants listed are illustrated. A valuable addition to the gardener's library.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Yates on 9 Jan. 2014
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Well illustrated account of tulips both in the wild and as grown in our gardens, with more or less ease!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An in-depth introduction to the many varying species of the delicate and powerful flower 5 April 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tulips: Species And Hybrids For The Gardener by Richard Wilford (Collections Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England) is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensively knowledgeable, professionally informative, in-depth introduction to the many varying species of the delicate and powerful flower -- the tulip. Tulips: Species And Hybrids For The Gardener as an expert analysis and informative study of the many beautiful types and spectrum of this universally popular flower. Tulips: Species And Hybrids For The Gardener covers the care, placement, intricacies of individual species, color, history, and so much more. is recommended to all readers with an interest growing tulips and in need of the ultimate guide to their numerous variations.
The go to book on tulips 9 Jan. 2011
By Panayoti Kelaidis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Few flowers have inspired the devotion (or generated the literature) that tulips have. I have managed to acquire a whole bookshelf of books on the genus over the years--some of them coffee table sized, full of glossy pictures, and others thick volumes like Anna Pavord's magnum opus. It's this rather compact quarto that delivers the goods. Richard Wilford covers the entire gamut of tulip species succinctly, but eloquently, sticking to facts. He also has a good overview of the principal tulip hybrids and their uses. He gives authoritative and thorough descriptions and adds valuable information on when and how each species was discovered and introduced, and provides great cultural hints (skewed naturally to Britain). The pictures are many and very well photographed. I have enjoyed poring through and find whenever I pause that I end up reading pages at a time: if you love tulips this is the book for you! You won't regret buying it.
i love anything on tulips 12 Dec. 2014
By A. HAGGERTY - Published on Amazon.com
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i love anything on tulips. these particular types grow better in my climate, the southern rolling plains of texas, so its very informative.
wonderful 10 April 2014
By xiang li - Published on Amazon.com
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just like a new one! definitely will go back and buy more . thank you os much ~~~~ love the book
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