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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927955
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Vrugtman has succeeded in beautifully updating an essential volume. There are important changes in classifications listed in the new version, and it is a must-have. . . The pictures themselves are so gorgeous they conjure up the exquisite aroma.” (Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly)

“One test of a good book is that it inspires, and this one has certainly persuaded me to plant more lilacs.”

(BBC Gardens Illustrated)

“Fiala will forever be linked to American lilacs, and his book is an essential legacy for anyone who loves these shrubs.”

(The Evansville Courier & Press)

Book Description

A new and up-to-date edition of the classic reference First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lover's bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Freek Vrugtman, the International Lilac Registrar. The new book provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of named cultivars. Five hundred new color photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape. Packed with nearly six hundred color photographs, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia tells the story of a classic fragrant shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myrna Walberg on January 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As the title states - it is an Encyclopedia. Within its pages you will find all that is possible to know about lilacs to publishing date. You will find therein, answers to any lilac question. If your answer is not there it is probably unknowable - lost in the mists of time - but that too is explained. There is an impressive 15 page(2 columns per page) list of "Literature Citations" at the end of the book. Freek Vrugtman has meticulously researched and verified all information and he gives us a most satisfying, complete, comprehensive story of lilacs.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Urban Hägglund on January 8, 2013
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I hardly think one would need another book on this subject. It deals with all known species, several hundred of cultivars an also the history of many of the foremost breeders and their work. Cultivation, propagation. Richly illustrated with high quality photographs.
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This is a must have if you love Lilacs. I have 1 hardback and 2 soft covered ones that I use traveling and outdoors...I am a serious collector!
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