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Saxifrages: The Definitive Guide to 2000 Species, Hybrids & Cultivars Hardcover – August 15, 2008

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“. . . this valuable book will appeal to many gardeners. Academic and special libraries with serious interest in botany and horticulture will need to add this important work to their collections. Also recommended for public libraries with significant horticultural collections.”


"In this single volume, the gardener has everything he/she might need to begin a lifelong adventure of growing and seeking these beautiful plants."

About the Author

Malcolm McGregor has been editor for the Scottish Rock Garden Club since 2000, and for many years he was editor of Saxifrage Magazine, the specialist publication of the Saxifrage Society. His publications on saxifages includes Saxifrages: The Complete Cultivars and Hybrids, which is the International register on saxifrage Cultivars, and Saxifrages from Scratch. Malcolm lectures regularly on alpine plants and rock gardening, and has traveled widely throughout the world.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928808
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Panayoti Kelaidis on August 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The genus Saxifraga represents one of the largest genera of hardy plants that are found at high elevations in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Although there have been several short books dedicated to saxifrages in the distant past, none could hold a candle to Malcolm McGregor's masterpiece: a vast, erudite and definitive study of this amazingly protean group of plants. Malcolm has sought many of these out in the wild, and has many a good story to relate in what might otherwise remain a reference book: it actually reads quite well, and I have found myself turning the pages rather like a novel! But encyclopaedic it is (and likely to remain the standard reference for a long time). I particularly enjoyed gettingt the current scoop on such obscure and strange plants as the almost mythical Saxifraga florulenta of the Maritime Alps, an endangered species that really should not be attempted in gardens, it is so incredibly challenging. The photography throughout is sumptuous: I honestly couldn't find a thing to fault this book! I have a hunch the price will rise with time, so I would buy a copy soon if you don't already have one!
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Fantastic book and not only for the Saxifraga enthusiast. If you're not a Saxifraga enthusiast, you will surely become one, once you have read the book ...
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This was an excellent book, with many beautiful and informational pictures. I wanted it to help me identify wildflowers I was having difficulty finding. A very high percentage of the plants in the book were not North American, so it was not as useful for my particular purpose as I had hoped.
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By Travis on December 14, 2014
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I bought this book after a good review from Ian Young. I wasn't particularly interested in Saxifraga as a genus, but a growing interest in alpines (many Saxifrages are alpines). I love this book. I'm not a botanist, but an enthusiastic gardener with an interest in uncommon plants and their ecology, and there is a lot of fascinating info here. Highly recommended.
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