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Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses Paperback – January 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185149166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851491667
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Austin is the proprietor of one of the world's leading rose nurseries, specialising in Old and Modern Shrub Roses. He grows nearlt on thousand different varieties of rose and maintains one of the most beautiful rose gardens in Britain.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mtspace on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
David Austin's Old Roses and English Roses is a gem; a little rough cut but still shimmering due to Austin's clear love of the subject. This book strikes one as being a little rougher still. Some of these roses he clearly loves. Others get perfunctory treatment.

The section on Hybrid Musk roses is very good - with photos of Cornelia and Buff Beauty stealing the show. The section on species roses really manages to make the point that these shrubby roses warrant a place in many naturalistic gardens. And the section on climbing roses is as good a single treatment of climbers as I've seen in one place.

The section on Hybrid Tea roses is the weakest owing to the fairly ugly photos of roses. In some cases the photograph is badly composed; a yellow rose against an orange or tan backdrop. In many cases the rose is perfectly good-looking and the photography crisp and clear. And we come away feeling like we had just eaten at a cheap buffet. Yes it's food. And we got as much as we cared to eat. Yet, one thinks there must certainly be more to good food than this.

Perhaps Austin is doing this to reinforce his point that, compared to shrubby roses hybrid teas are generally much less beautiful . If so he's made his point. In any case, quite a large portion of the hybrid tea roses he's chosen to discuss are still popular almost twenty years after the publication of this book.

Austin is not as lyrical as GS Thomas. And occasionally his narrative wanders a bit. But he has excellent taste and the photographs convey they beauty of the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cloud 7 on March 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wonderful little reference book.
Many descriptive photos of shrub and climbing roses.
Great study for watercolor artists who like to paint roses
and their fascinating configurations.
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