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Lavender: The Grower's Guide Paperback – February 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A book that leaves current lavender literature trailing in its wake . . . A veritable feast for lavender lovers." -- Simon Charlesworth, Gardens Illustrated

"Instructions for the gardener and detailed information for the professional grower on the care and propagation of lavender. " -- Book News , June 13, 2000

"This detailed celebration of lavender is aided by beautiful photography." -- The American Herb Association, 16:2 2000

"With this book, you'll learn everything you need to know . . . An all-encompassing volume." -- American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

McNaughton's [book] is by far the most substantial, with over 200 species and cultivars described in detail. -- Bookseller, February 18, 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

More than 200 lavender species & cultivars are described in detail, enabling gardeners to decipher the intricacies of lavender identification. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Lavender:The Growers Guide is a really good book.
Char
This is a lovely book full of in-depth information about different types of lavender with beautiful, detailed pictures.
TJ Pete
In my opinion, Virginia McNaughton's book, Lavender the growers guide is a very good book.
C. Tauber

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author, Virginia McNaughton, is a botanist, and this book is lavender from a botanist's point of view. Her descriptions of each variety are long on botanical terminology and measurements, and short on information that would help gardeners choose and grow lavender.
Here is an example of an entry, this one for Lavendula angustifolia 'Maillette': A medium plant (60-70cm) of bushy habit with semi-open, mid-green foliage. Penduncles are long (18-25cm), mid-green and upright. There are usually medium-stemmed laterals terminated with one to three flowers. Spikes are long(12-18cm), cylindric and mostly evenly interrupted, with the base whorl 1-7cm below the main spike. Fertile bracts are large and quite long. Bracteoles are thin (1-2 mm). Corollas are violet-blue (93C), calyces are finely pubescent and green, with the upper half dark violet (86A). A very attractive cultivar raised in France and introduced by Pierre Grosso, 'Maillette' is suitable for ornamental, fragrant and oil purposes.
The first section of the book is useful, with information on propagation, pruning, and diseases. But that is only the first 20 pages. The rest of the book consists of descriptions like the above.
Also the author lives in New Zealand, and there is no information on growing lavender in the various climates of the United States.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda dePaulis on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From the cover photo to the bibliography many of the questions I had about lavender were answered. Ms. McNaughton explained the different parts of the lavender plant with very clear language and photographs. I found the diversity of color and size captivating and inspiring. The author covered the many sections and cultivars of lavender clearly and in a logical order that was easy to follow. This is a book for the person who wants to have more in-depth knowledge of lavender's identification and diversity. You will be inspired to expand your garden from the more common purples to pinks and whites in various hues. I have several books written about lavender, but this book has become a most welcome and valuable addition.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
AT LAST SOME HAS WRITTEN A DEFINITIVE BOOK ABOUT LAVENDERS AND THEIR GROWTH. YES, THIS IS A TECHNICAL BOOK BUT EVEN THE NON BOTANY LOVERS WILL FIND IT EASY TO USE. VARIETIES ARE NAMED, ALONG WITH ALL THEIR OTHER NAMES, PICTURED AND EXPLAINED. AFTER READING THIS YOU KNOW WHY GROSSO AND DILLY DILLY LOOK ALIKE. THIS IS A GREAT REFERENCE BOOK AND THE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS MAKE IT AN IDEAL COFFEE TABLE BOOK. IF LAVENDER HANDICRAFTS ARE YOUR THING, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TJ Pete on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book full of in-depth information about different types of lavender with beautiful, detailed pictures. It's a great reference source, but works equally well as a coffee table book because it is so stunning to look at. I have only one minor criticism of this book and that is that it doesn't go into enough detail about the Lanata hybrids that seem to do well in our hot, dry southern California climate. I would have liked to have seen more pictures of these particular lavenders (there are a few, but not that many) and would have enjoyed learning more about them.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mom de Plume on July 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lavender blue, dilly dilly, lavender green, If I were king, dilly dilly, I'd need a queen. Congratulations must go to Virginia McNaughton for she must be the queen of Lavender. What an incredible book she has provided for all lavender enthusiasts. Photo after photo and description after description  both tickles and satisfies our curiosity.  So many questions are answered in this book that each time it is reread there is another bit of enlightening information that makes you go' ah ha! now I get it'. A botanist, Ms. McNaughton has provided us with specific detailed descriptions of the plant's origins, the proper botanical nomenclature, the color of the flowers AND the foliage, and special pruning and growing requirements.  She has broken the groups of lavenders up into sections and listed the specifics for that group, for example the Lavandula angustifolias, as well as, the multitude of named varieties that belong to that group. Also of great help are the other common names a plant may be called.  For instance, Dilly, Dilly is a common name of Lavandula x intermedia Grosso.  The only draw back to this book is that when you are finished reading it you just have to have all the lavenders she describes. So many lavenders so little time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Faire Haven Farm on June 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for indepth information or good reference material, this is the book for you. No fluff here. Botanical info is clear and concise. As growers, we use this book as reference material on a regular basis. Well worth the money. Would love to see more of this caliber. The only draw back is that several of the varieties listed are not available here in the U.S..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Tauber on May 31, 2008
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In my opinion, Virginia McNaughton's book, Lavender the growers guide is a very good book. However, the title may mislead buyers into thinking it is a "how to" book, which it isn't really. It provides excellent detailed information on classification of lavender, but does not provided a great deal of information on actually growing it. Since there are numerous other sources on the ins and outs of growing of lavender, but few, if any others, that provide this level of detail on classification of lavender, it provides a unique contribution to the field, albeit a bit esoteric for the average gardner.
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