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The Genus Galanthus: A "Botanical Magazine" Monograph Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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A timely addition to the serious gardener's reference shelf. Galanthus lovers must have this book. -- John E. Bryan "Gardening Newsletter" (12/16/1999) The book is a must-have for any grower of temperate bulbs. -- M. J. Harvey "Rock Garden Quarterly" (08/10/2000) This is a scholarly work and is highly interesting. -- Marty Figley "Michigan Observer and Eccentric" (04/27/2000) If you are, like me, besotted with snowdrops, this is just the book. -- Judy Glattstein "Home Monthly" (02/01/2000) If you have any interest in this group you should have this book -- Alan Leslie "Garden (Peterborough)" (04/17/2000) Zealous collectors of snowdrops are well served by "The Genus Galanthus." -- Fred Whitsey "Daily Telegraph (London)" (12/31/1999) It represents the most detailed study of the subject ever undertaken and contains just about everything you could wish to know about snowdrops. For zealous collectors of snowdrops, this long-awaited book is as welcome as the first buds pushing through the ground at the beginning of a new gardening year. It will obviously be an essential book for botanists interested in bulbs but also for gardeners who want to identify the snowdrops in their own garden and also how to grow them. As a model of detail, this treatment of a small but horticulturally interesting group of plants will interest graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professional horticulturists. Aaron Davis's monograph is the first complete review of snowdrops since the classic 1956 study by F.C. Stearn . . . This is both a handsome and useful book. -- John Akeroyd "Hortus" (06/18/2001) Aaron P. Davis' excellent monograph, "The Genus Galanthus," is - one can never say the last word on such a subject, but it is the first time since 1956, and the last, most sane people will expect to need. It maintains the uniquely high standards expected of this series, both in text and production, and, as always, the specially commissioned botanical illustrations, in this case by Christabel King, elevate it to a higher plane. -- John Grimshaw "Bulbs" (05/10/1999) Davis's writing style is easily understandable even by amateur gardeners even though the manuscript was actually a thesis for the Ph.D.If you have a strong interest in learning in-depth about snowdrops, be sure to add this book to your bookshelf. -- Diana Pederson "Suite101.com" (06/15/2001)
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on 28 October 2016
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This is a beautifully produced book printed on high quality paper and with a well bound hard cover. The moment you pick it up you can feel the quality and this follows through to the text and illustrations. The botanical paintings in the book are things of beauty. The text is detailed and written from a botanist's perspective. As such it is a hard read for general readers like myself (hence the four star rating) and I feel it is really aimed at trained botanists or hardcore snowdrop fans. My personal preference is for masses of the straightforward common snowdrop, and the more the better, ideally in a woodland setting. The distinctions between species and types of snowdrop which fascinate so many people and are the subject of this book are lost on me, but I can still appreciate its erudition and illustrations. However, I'm sure there are more accessible books on snowdrops out there for a general readership (and cheaper ones too - I can't believe how much they're asking for a copy these days!)
on 23 February 2000
This is the first monograph on snowdrops for almost half a century, and a must for all galanthophiles. Whilst this book will satisfy the most rigourous requirements of the botanist, with its account of the taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, cytology, pollination, ecology, conservation and cultivation of the genus galanthus, there is much for the amateur galanthophile also, with splendid colour painting of each species by Christabel King, as well as colour pholtographs of snowdrops in habitat and cultivation. February is the key month for snowdrop fever, and choice varieties can change hands for £20 to £30 per bulb. Whilst this is nowhere near the scale of the tulipomania which gripped the Netherlands some centuries ago, it is an indication of the appeal of this charming plant which brightens up our winter gardens.