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Begonias: Cultivation, Identification, and Natural History Hardcover – Illustrated, October 15, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927337
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is important, as it has concise descriptions, illustrations, and cultural history. -- Linda Cobb Spartanburg Herald-Journal 20050927 Begonias is a book written by a sincere and knowledgeable lover of this diverse genus of perennial with their fabulous blooms - it will be a long-lasting addition to any gardener's library. -- Christine Anne Sharkey Biology Digest 20060201 In an age when gardening books brim with ankle-deep information, Begonias is a whole-body experience. If you like begonias, this book has the power to make you fall in love with them. -- Elvin McDonald American Gardener 20060301 Tebbitt ... makes a welcome addition to the horticultural literature with this work, particularly because it concentrates on species rather than hybrids, and description rather than cultivation. ... Over 200 color photos and numerous high-quality line drawings add to the appeal and utility of this work. -- G. D. Dreyer Choice 20060201 This will be a useful book to Begonia gardeners and botanists alike. Sida, Contributions to Botany 20050101 I cannot omit a mention of twenty-seven pages of glorious color photos, as well as the many informative and delightful sketches scattered throughout the pages. The 'begoniac' should add this fine work to his/her library. -- Phyllis Podren Hobby Greenhouse 20060619

Book Description

Includes concise descriptions, key, and elegant illustrations of more than 300 commonly cultivated species and their most popular cultivars. Additional chapters discuss the cultivation, natural history, and distribution of begonias. Text accompanied by 215 color photos.

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He emphasizes the 100 most common species in cultivation.
richard lewis
The text is written in a way that I found very appealing, and the large number of color photographs make it visually rich.
Jane of Upton
With begonias, there is something for every hobby grower and gardener--and artist as well, if truth be known.
L. J. Mounger

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Casaurang on January 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would give this book top rating if I had had a scientific interest in the history of begonias. I bought it thinking it would have a lot of practical cultivation and propogation tips and it disappointed me in that respect. It's a very thoroughly written and documented botanist's book - not really targeting the home gardener.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane of Upton on December 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this text to be very useful. The scientific classifications, including leaf shape, texture, stem placment and flower formation were introduced in an approachable and engaging manner. The section on pests and diseases that are problems for begonias was very useful. Learning the origin and natural habitat of various begonias really helps with their successful cultivation. I did not find the more scientific aspects offputting at all. The text is written in a way that I found very appealing, and the large number of color photographs make it visually rich. This is a very thorough and appealing look at the amazingly diverse begonia family.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to become more familiar with this fascinating plant family. For those of us with an acknowledged interest (ie, member of the American Begonia Society here) this book is a real treasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Adams on May 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great reference for species begonias. Probably more information than the average begonia grower will every use. I was hoping it would include more information on hybrids. Good information about culture and care.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Mounger on March 15, 2012
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Mark Tebbitt has written an excellent "manual" for those of us who enjoy growing begonias. His remarks about the hundred or so species and cultivars he has concentrated on are very succinct and helpful. His advise to growers spot on.If I had any quibble about the book, it would be that it ...isn't long enough! I wish he could have talked about many more of the hundreds of species in this very varied genus. And again, as many beautiful photographs. I have never understood why begonias are not more popular as, unlike African violets, say, they are so much more varied in form, habit, flowering and size. With begonias, there is something for every hobby grower and gardener--and artist as well, if truth be known.
Kit Jeans Mounger
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emmit W. Stewart on February 10, 2010
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I bought this book because I wanted a good view of the different divisions within the genus begonia. My other Begonia book was written as an introduction to the genus and served its purpose very well, but was not written with a view of the scientific nomenclature. The genus begonia is huge and can be divided up into over forty sections. I wanted some sort of description of these sections, since they show up often in the begonian (official magazine of the American Begonia Society). Also, since my old book was written during the early sixties, it does not mention many of the exciting species introduced over the last forty years.
This book fills in many spaces in my knowledge of the genus and, since the author is a botanist, the book gives an excellent overview of the species and divisions within the group as well as showing the influence of the different species in many of the most popular hybrids.
In addition, the book is well written and is easy to read. Many books with this much technical information can be dry and laborous reading. I found this book to be very easy to read and understand. If you have an interest in Begonias I really think that this book is for you.
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