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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love it! Useful, and beautifully illustrated. I'm going to buy the other books from this serial.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Full of interesting info about the etymology of specific epithets. Although, practically nothing on the names of plant genera.Published 3 months ago by dave g
Perfect for the keen gardener. Ideal for "dipping into" and packed with lots of interest.Published 5 months ago by Wendy Ann Parry