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Lavender: How to Grow and Use the Fragrant Herb, 2nd Edition (Herbs (Stackpole Books)) Paperback – January 5, 2009

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Ellen Spector Platt resides in New York City and is the author of 11 books. She grows a wide variety of flowers and herbs and teaches dried-flower crafts and fresh-flower arranging.

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  • Series: Herbs (Stackpole Books)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 2 edition (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081173546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735469
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am new to cultivating lavender and I took this book out of the library only to find that it is INVALUABLE and I had to purchase a copy for my home. I refer to it again and again.
The author is very knowledgeable and covers a variety of topics which are all of interest to me. Her writing style is engaging and you can tell the author knows her stuff.
On top of all that, there are beautiful pictures throughout.
This book helped me greatly to learn what variety works best in my home garden. Excellent book and a must-have for anyone interested in lavender. If you are looking for a recipe book look elsewhere--this book is for serious gardeners.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Donkinpa on June 7, 2000
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This book is beautifully illustrated and very thorough in its contents about lavendar. Varieties, soil and climate conditions are all covered in this book. But it really wasn't for me. I would have liked to have seen a lot more recipes and uses for lavendar for which there are many more than what was suggested.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Crossman on May 13, 2005
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I have been growing lavender for 3 years and bought this book primarily for information about improving the quality of my plants and crop. While Ellen includes interesting projects and tidbits, this book definitely did not meet my needs as a grower.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Gehrt on April 20, 2009
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Nature's beauty challenges our ability to describe in mere words or even in photographs. Ellen Spector Platt's new edition of Lavender - How To Grow And Use The Fragrant Herb (Stackpole Books 2009) meets this challenge and then some.

The book, 145 pages, contains photographs of lavender fields, garden paths, wreaths and more images. The beauty of lavender dazzles us; however this book invites us to discover more about this plant. Platt's book describes its history from ancient times when Roman soldiers used the herb to perfume their bath water to now when lavender is celebrated in festivals around the world.

Platt provides useful advice about growing lavender. Full sun is a must for this plant. Good drainage and alkaline soil are also preferred. For harvesting Platt offer tips for cutting, drying and using lavender making it easy to enjoy its beauty even after summer is over.

Farms and festivals offer visitors opportunities to "observe essential oil being distilled from the harvest; hear the banjo picker, the country trio, the six-string electric violin, or the Celtic fiddle." Once again Platt speaks to all our senses and invites us to appreciate lavender for its beauty, fragrance, usefulness and its taste. She provides a list of festivals so you can discover the experience of lavender yourself.

Taste, my favorite part, is now coming into its own in America. In France, lavender has been a favorite in the kitchen for a long time. Platt shares recipes for Poached Apples, Aromatic Chicken and instructions for serving Edible Flowers. I am pleased to have contributed one of my special recipes - Roasted Halibut a la Provence.

If you are intrigued with Lavender, this book will help you discover its array of attributes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on March 1, 2015
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First off, I am an avid gardener, and have been since I first started gardening with my grandmother as a child. I love lavender and have been growing it for about 15 years. I bought this book and another to help me learn more and help me select new varieties to begin expanding my use of this wonderful plant. This book by Ellen Spector Platt is a good all around book about growing and using lavender. Nicely illustrated and has a lot of good hands on photos and descriptions for how to use lavender for cooking, how to make wands of lavender with photos to illustrate the procedure. I didn't give it five stars because I don't think it is on the same level as The Lavender Lover's Handbook by Sarah Berringer Bader, which has a lot more illustrations and goes into much greater depth about the different varieties of lavender and why you should select them for different uses. To me, in a book about growing and using lavender, greater attention to the varieties to consider, showing photos of the varieties to consider and more in depth reasons for selecting them is paramount. I think it is a wonderful additional book to have in your library, but if I was only to select one book as a reference on lavender it would be The Lavender Lover's Handbook by Sarah Berringer Bader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By travelling grandma on August 9, 2013
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A very helpful guide to growing and caring for this lovely, fragrant plant. I've been doing everything wrong, and I plan to change this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi on November 26, 2012
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A complete guide for me as I'm starting a lavender farm. I don't think she left any details out. A perfect guide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda LaBarre on February 25, 2009
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Ms. Platt has once again demonstrated her ability to provide a wealth of information in an entertaining and engrossing manner. There is truly something for everyone - from growing tips to wonderful desserts. Her practical advice as well as the easy to understand project directions encourage even the "bumblers" like myself to undertake a creation. The lavender farms and festivals are now on my vacation "wish list". This is an inspiring book from start to finish complete with beautiful photos and wonderful memories.
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