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 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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of interesting info about the etymology of specific epithets. Although, practically nothing on the names of plant genera.Published 1 month ago by dave g
Perfect for the keen gardener. Ideal for "dipping into" and packed with lots of interest.Published 4 months ago by Wendy Ann Parry
it was brought for a friend studying the subjects and she loved the itemPublished 5 months ago by K PRESLAND