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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas (Timber Press Pocket Guides) Paperback – September 7, 2007

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"One of the most important reference books a gardener can own."
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

"This compact book...describes 280 old and new cultivars, with ample advice for selecting and caring for them."
(Washington Gardener)

"I would certainly recommend this book for those, like me, who have been severely bitten by the hosta bug."

About the Author

Diana Grenfell, a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, is the author of The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas, The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas and The Gardener's Guide to Growing Daylilies. She operates the well-known nursery, Apple Court, at Lymington in Hampshire with her husband, Roger Grounds, author of The Plantfinder's Guide to Ornamental Grasses.


Michael Shadrack is a member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society. His interest in photography has led to a library of nearly 3200 hosta images, many of which have been published in books, magazines, and catalogs. He regularly lectures on hostas in Europe and North America.
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Product Details

  • Series: Timber Press Pocket Guides
  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (September 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088192847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928471
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is another in the continuing series of Pocket Guides being published by Timber Press, more or less based on TP's comprehensive collection of authoritative books on a wide variety of gardening and horticultural subjects.

This volume, stemming from Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack's classic reference tome published in 2004, "The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas," will appeal to all gardeners and nursery people interested in hostas and want to know more about them.

In addition to being up to date with the inclusion of over 70 new introductions, it lists the tried and tested classic hostas enjoyed in numerous large and small gardens in North America and Europe.

Easy to carry around, the small volume is packed with information on cultural details, pest control and landscaping ideas. There are also succinct sections on history, botany and what to look for when purchasing hostas, an excellent index and a quick reference at the beginning on choosing hostas for different sites and climatic conditions.

The photographs clearly illustrate the wide variety of textures and shades of leaf color, as well as the sumptuousness of hostas with the largest leaves. In addition, they highlight the wide variety of different shapes in which hosta leaves are available.

Highly recommended for all gardeners and nursery people; a wealth of practical information at a bargain price.

Warren I. Pollock
Contributing Editor
"The Hosta Journal"
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This book is most helpful for the beginner and the "hostaholic". All the important cultivars are listed, plus many more expensive ones that the avid collector can strive to find. Lots of helpful tips and ideas on growing, displaying and collecting. It is a great field guide and great book to have on hand in your garden. AAAA rated by Cheryl's Gardens.
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By Kyle Baker on August 28, 2012
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I have to finally admit to a failure. Timber Press caught my eye, Pocket Guide was the seller, but for myself interested in species Hosta, this book was a serious let down. Little to no information concerning species, their cultivars or hybrids. Good for the Novice gardener, but advanced gardeners should move on.
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This is a wonderful little book. Excellent photos, and qutie comprehensive. However, it is not intended to be a treatise or all-inclusive book, so of course it doesn't have every last detail about every hosta every registered. It's portability is espcially appreciated, as it can easily be taken along on hosta hunting expeditions. Highly recommended.
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I moved into a new house and knew i wanted to use hostas in my shady areas. I bought this book after checking it out at the library. It has soooo many color photos and great descriptions. I used it to choose about a dozen different hostas to buy. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about hostas and is a visual person like me.
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I was trying to make decisions about which Hostas to use in a large garden bed and this book was extremely helpful. I also like that it is small enough to carry with me when I visit nurseries. I recommend this book to all.
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It is a good handbook but does not contain all the important information to identify a hosta like the number of vein pairs.
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For all you hosta addicts out there (& surely you know who you are) this is a wonderful pocket guide for all those trips to the greenhouses, looking for that "just one more" plant!

This book starts with an overview of hosta botany, then dives into over 800 plant descriptions arranged in alphabetical order, naming size, growth habit details, leaf descriptions, light & moisture requirements, pest resistance & other factors for successful growing.

Did I mention the 302 GORGEOUS hosta pix? This pocket guide's small enough to tuck into the car for that weekend hosta hunt! Or park it next to your favorite chair with a cup of tea. If you're like me you'll be needing blank paper & pen too for that list of "must have" hostas.

Happy hosta hunting!
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