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Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia Hardcover – August 15, 2008
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Vrugtman revised John L. Fiala's book "Lilacs The Genus Syringa" published in 1988, and added to it the subsequent 20 years of development and progress of the lilac world which spans the globe in temperate climates. He has written in a very readable formal style and treated professionally all information pertaining to lilacs. Fiala himself would be proud to see how his own accomplishments in the first version provided the basis for this excellent new book.
Who could possibly know lilacs better than Vrugtman? He has been the 'International Lilac Registrar' since 1975. Since that time he has worked on the growing 'International Register and Checklist of Cultivar Names in the Genus Syringa'. He presently enjoys Curator Emeritus status. He was curator of two important gardens in Canada,the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario (home to the world-renowned Katie Osborne Lilac Garden) and the Botanical Garden at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC. He served on editorial committees for the 'International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants' and he was awarded in 2002 the ISHS Medal by the 'International Society for Horticulture Science'. His vast knowledge and experience are shared in this book.Read more ›
My only criticism is the photos are so often taken in bright sunlight, rather than in overcast conditions. Harsh light makes it difficult to appreciate the subtle difference in hue of, say, 'Monge' and 'Pocahontas' lilacs. And if you've dealt with a president emeritus of the local garden club, you know how important that is!
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This is THE bible for lilac cultivars, history, propagation. Excellent photographs and descriptions worth researching before seeking out and purchasing lilacs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bliss
Lots of information and many beautiful pictures. I love Lilacs and I was not disappointed with this book.Published 17 months ago by Rayne
Lilacs are my favorite flower. This is the only book I've been able to find that covers the growing, care and selection of lilacs as well as the history. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by lois kurek