A Gardener's Encyclopedia

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Baker & Taylor
Covers all aspects of the selection, growth, and propagation of lilacs along with information on their landscape use, companion plants, and the history and origin of each lilac species.

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Fiala's 1988 1st edition has been thoroughly revised by Vrugtman, the International Lilac Registrar. Retaining Fiala's original description, Vrugtman has revised the notes and updated the nomenclature. In keeping with Fiala's original intent, the volume is designed to be up-to-date and practical, offering information on current (and extant) cultivars, landscaping with lilacs, companion plants, culture, diseases, pests, and propagation. Initial chapters describe taxonomy and technical considerations, with separate chapters on lilacs from Europe and Asia, and color in lilacs. A history of lilac hybridizers is provided, including those in Russia and China. An appendix lists the hybridizers and originators and noteworthy gardens and nurseries. New to this edition is a short chapter on lilacs in art and design. The volume, which is oversized (8.5x11.25"), is heavily illustrated with color plates. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer

First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lovers' bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Canadian plantsman 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 the 2000 named cultivars. Five hundred 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, alone or with companion plants. It also provides fascinating details of the history, origin, and discovery of the species and of the people behind the development of the cultivars. A new chapter on lilacs in art and crafts and an updated list of places where lilacs can be viewed and celebrated complete this rich resource.

Packed with 580 gorgeous color photographs, most of them previously unpublished, Lilacs: A Gardener's Encyclopedia tells the story of a classic spring-flowering shrub cherished for its reliable masses of colorful flowers and sweet fragrance.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780881927955
Branch Call Number: 635.93387 Fia 2008
Characteristics: 416 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps
Additional Contributors: Vrugtman, Freek


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