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RHS Encyclopedia of Roses Hardcover – 3 Jun 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: DK (3 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405373857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405373852
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 3.5 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 years of rose-growing nous . . . you'll never be short of planting ideas.' BBC Gardeners (World)


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By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is for you if you own a battered copy of Peter Beales' Classic Roses and, dare I say it, is actually better. Thorough, convincing and with excellent photographs, it also has very useful information on such details as the size of flowers, type of scent, and width as well as height of the plant. Habit (gangly, compact, etc.), disease resistance and preferred growing conditions are given in almost all--but not all!--cases. The text is very well laid out with varieties and species listed in alphabetical order and occasional historical digressions. Nowhere else will you find so many photographs of old roses, so it's also a sumptuous feast for any reader with some interest in roses; very good value for money. My only quibble is that not all known varieties are described.
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It is not a bad book as reference but is exactly the same book as "Encyclopedia of Roses" by DK in the United States published July 2011, ISBN 978-0-7566-8868-4, It is just two different covers. It should have been mentioned somewhere so that I would have bought only one book because I have ended up buying both and there is not a single line difference in two books other than the cover page.

It is also missing several roses so it is not necessarily a complete encyclopedia. I am from Australia and have several famous roses in my garden such as Fire Fighter, Neptune, Sight Saver, Aotearoa, Barbra Streisand, John Paul II, dior essence by delbard but they are not listed. The book also talks about delbard roses but doesn't list all delbard roses, I couldn't find one of their famous roses called "Chartreuse de Parme" and many more. So in summary, it is not a complete encyclopedia.
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What a superb book. It provides plenty of information for the novice or more experienced rose grower. I bought it as a gift for someone who has already as a result gone out and bought more roses. If you just want to browse, it works as a coffee table book too, with lots of photographs of the numerous varieties listed.
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As an encyclopaedia of roses this is abook that a rose enthusiast will refer to time and time again. It is profusely illustrated and is a mine of information. I certainly would not want to be without a copy.

However, if you already have a copy of the first or second editions you will not need this third edition: I could find nothing different in it from the two earlier versions.
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This was such a disappointing book and well below my expectations. I had previously bought the RHS A - Z encyclopedia of Garden Plants whcih is a first class reference book, beautifully produced and presented.

The RHS encyclopedia of roses falls well short of those standards in terms of its overall production, presentation and content. Quite extra ordinarily, bearing in mind this is an RHS book, the descriptions of the roses fail to even indicate those roses that have an RHS Award for Garden Merit!

All rather disappointing.
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An excellent guide to roses. Few guides give anything like the detail and origins information here. My one tiny criticism is that it is a book that needs to be frequently updated as so many new roses come on stream every year. Many not os new ones were not included. Otherwise a really good book.
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This book is my bible. The last one fell to bits after almost 20 years of constant use. Beautifully illustrated and easy to use. Essential for anyone serious about growing and appreciating roses anywhere in the world.
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This was sent to Oregon USA, to my daughter who is a florist, and couldn't find a comprehensive book on roses, she was over the moon with this. I didn't want to part with it really, might get one for myself!,
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