- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881927953
- ISBN-13: 978-0881927955
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.3 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia 2nd Edition
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“A thorough treatment of the Lilac genus and a must-have for anyone interested in these plants.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Specialist as it may be, it’s good to know it’s there as a source to be consulted, say, on breeding or propagation, as well as the different species themselves.” —Times
“Do not let the encyclopedic nature of the book intimidate you—this is no dry read. . . . For the cultivar descriptions, the accompanying photos, the updated taxonomic treatment, and the history and tales, this is a book that belongs on every lilac lover’s bookshelf.” —American Gardener
“Fiala will forever be linked to American lilacs, and his book is an essential legacy for anyone who loves these shrubs.” —Evansville Courier and Press
“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
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!