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Now available in a stylish paperback format, The Glory of Roses offers garden lovers-and romantics-a sumptuous look at one of the world's most fascinating and timeless flowers.
First published in hardcover in 1990, Christopher Baker's photographs provide an unparalleled view of roses in all their vibrant versatility. Author Allen Lacy outlines the history and origin of roses while he explores their cultural significance.
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Allen Lacy, for many years garden columnist for The New York Times, has been publishing the newsletter Allen Lacy's Homeground since 1993. He is the author or editor of 12 books on gardening, the most recent being The Inviting Garden: Gardening for the Senses, Mind, & Spirit (Holt, 1998). He is Professor of Philosophy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona.
Christopher Baker is a New York-based photographer who has worked for international clients, photographing food, gardens, and cosmetics. He has 15 books to his credit.From Publishers Weekly:
This bounteous book, brimming with color photographs on virtually every page, would make a graceful addition to any rose-lover's coffee table. And while not the hands-on sort of production that readers might expect from Lacy (see preceding review), the text is thick with know-how and consistently entertaining. Though admitting that he is no rosarian, Lacy loves roses well enough to savor their singular beauty and delve into the rich vein of history and lore that surrounds them. He cites writers, from Pliny to Washington Post columnist Henry Mitchell, who have aided and abetted the rose as the pre-eminent flower--and a powerful symbol--in Western culture. The author also muses on the vagaries of rose nomenclature, by which, for example, the French Rose du Roi became Lee's Crimson Perpetual in England following the Napoleonic Wars. (Nowadays plants are frequently named after not-so-imperial icons, such as Jiminy Cricket and the Chrysler Imperial.) Gardeners yearning for a new growing season should find solace and inspiration in Baker's photographs, which capture roses in all their splendor, whether in the exquisite enclaves of Giverny and Sissinghurst or naturalized on the New England coastline.
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