When it comes to the plants in my yard, my knowledge encompasses only their purchase dates and watering and pruning schedules. And yet the flowers and trees that create the beautiful landscapes we know and love have deep and varied "biographies", more than one hundred of which are explored in this gorgeous and informative "natural and cultural history of the plants in your garden."
Did you know that roses are more than 35 million years old? Or that bamboo is a grass, not a tree? During the Heian period in Japan, people hosted wisteria-growing parties, and hyacinths were once used for making laundry starch and bookbinders' glue. These fascinating facts and more fill this lovely volume, richly illustrated with colorful botanical plates and photographs. Garden Flora
may not make you a better gardener, per se, but it will certainly enhance your appreciation for the natural world. (KG)